MUSTANG -- Former University of Oklahoma football star Lee Roy Selmon, who passed away one year ago, will be memorialized in a new book. Signing a publishing contract with Tate Publishing & Enterprises, of Mustang, Selmon’s wife, Claybram hopes to create a poignant memoir of his athletic feats, personal accomplishments, and love for his family.
A former NCAA athlete at the University of Oklahoma (1972-1976), Lee Roy's college career flourished on the defensive line as he anchored one of the greatest defenses in the University of Oklahoma’s history. Known among teammates as the “Gentle Giant”, Selmon was honored to be called “the best player I ever coached” by former Sooner head coach Barry Switzer.
His success in college garnered great attention from professional teams, cementing him as the first pick of round one of the NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His successful career in Tampa (1976-1984) launched with his selection as the team’s Rookie of the Year and MVP.
In addition, Selmon went on to play in six straight Pro Bowls, earning himself the title of NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1979. His career ended in 1984 as a result of back injury, but his legend continues to live on. His number (63) was retired from the Buccaneers in 1986, and was worn as a decal on the USF and Buccaneer football team helmets in the 2011 season following his death.
His list of accomplishments/awards include the Vince Lombardi Award, the Outland Trophy, a spot on the Sports Illustrated NCAA Football All-Century Team, the title of National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, a member of the Florida Sports Hall of Fame, among many others.
After his football career ended, Selmon and his wife went on to be greatly involved in charity work, as well as lucrative business owners. Their restaurant chain, “Lee Roy Selmon’s”, was named on the best 10 sports bars in America in 2009. These restaurants will be among the many locations featuring the new book when it releases.
Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, Selmon’s memoir will be available upon its release (date to be announced) through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.
Additional information about Lee Roy Selmon and his restaurant chain can be found at: http://www.leeroyselmons.com