TAMPA, FL - FILE: Hall of Fame defensive end Lee Roy Selmon is inducted into the Buccanners Ring of Honor at halftime of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the Green Bay Packers at Raymond James Stadium on November 8, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. It was reported that former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Lee Roy Selmon has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke September 3, 2011. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
With Lee Roy Selmon's tragic passing right before the season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had to move fast to find a way to honor the NFL great. And they have: they will wear "63" stickers on their helmets throughout the season. Lee Roy Selmon wore #63 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and his number was retired after his own retirement from football.
Lee Roy Selmon deserves this kind of honor, as the greatest player in Tampa Bay Buccaneer history. I was never around to experience Lee Roy Selmon's impact on the playing field as it happened, nor have I personally seen much of Lee Roy Selmon's impact on the community in the Tampa Bay area.
But I have been fortunate enough to watch a few old games. Games from the '70s and early '80s. And in every single game, Lee Roy Selmon jumps off the screen. This man was as dominant a defensive lineman as they come. Lee Roy Selmon was a man playing against boys, overpowering offensive linemen, ripping past them on a speed rush or beating triple teams - he could do it all.
Lee Roy Selmon deserves to have his number on all the Bucs' helmets. And maybe, just maybe, the current defensive linemen will feel some inspiration.