Lee Roy Selmon is many things when it comes to professional football.
When you run down his list of achievements throughout his career, it’s easy to see why he is heralded as one of the best players to ever put on a Buccaneers uniform.
He’s not just one of the best Bucs of all-time, he’s one of the best players of all-time, and that was made official on Friday.
Selmon made the NFL 100 All-Time Team, a roster that is part of the league’s 100th-season celebration. The roster is comprised of the the 100 greatest players to ever play the game and also features the 10 greatest coaches in league history.
For those familiar with Selmon’s career, this comes as no surprise. I mean, just take a look at some of the accolades he received throughout his career:
- Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee (1995)
- NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
- 1979 Defensive Player of the Year
- 3x First-team All-Pro Selection
- 2x Second-team All-Pro Selection
- 6x Pro Bowl Selection
Selmon was Tampa Bay’s first draft pick in franchise history and helped the team reach the NFC Championship game in 1979. He was a 3-4 defensive end and one of the more violent defensive linemen of his era. Sacks weren’t an official stat until 1982, but Selmon’s totals have been updated to 742 total tackles, 78.5 sacks, and 28.5 forced fumbles.
The Bucs retired his number (63) and inducted Selmon into their Ring of Honor in 2009. The city of Tampa Bay also had Hillsborough County’s State Road 618 renamed the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway in his honor.
It’s a deserving award for one of the best to ever play the game.