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OU center Gabe Ikard receives Selmon Spirit Award

by Ryan Aber Published: December 11, 2013
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Oklahoma center Gabe Ikard has been named the winner of the Lee Roy Selmon Spirit Award.

The award is given to the college football player “who best represents the qualities of character that Selmon displayed with an emphasis on academic excellence and a commitment to community service.”

The winners are selected by Selmon’s widow, Claybra, and sons Lee Roy Jr. and Christopher.

“To receive this award from the Selmon family is truly humbling,” Ikard said in a statement. “Particularly for a native Oklahoman like myself, to be the first individual from the University of Oklahoma to be recognized for representing everything that the Selmon family stands for is one of the most meaningful honors of my career.”

Monday, Ikard was named the winner of the Wuerffel Trophy, which combines athletic, academic and community service. He was also honored as one of the National Football Foundation’s Scholar-Athlete Award winners at a dinner in New York.

Selmon was an All-American defensive lineman for the Sooners in 1974 and 1975 before going on to a Hall of Fame career in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Selmon died in 2011.

“For Lee Roy, it was what he did off the field, particularly in regards to academics and service to others in the community, that was most important,” Claybra Selmon said in a release. “This award continues to be so precious and very important to our family because the winners represent the things that Lee Roy considered the most important things in his life.”

Memphis linebacker Akeem Davis was the first recipient of the award last year.

 

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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