Friday, September 2, 2011
Updated: September 3, 6:03 PM ET
Lee Roy Selmon hospitalized
ESPN.com news services
TAMPA, Fla. -- Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Lee Roy Selmon was in the hospital after suffering a stroke Friday.
The University of South Florida, where 56-year-old Selmon once served as athletic director, confirmed the Hall of Famer had been taken to St. Joseph's Hospital.
A nursing supervisor there said Selmon was listed in critical condition Saturday morning, according to the Tampa Tribune.
According to WTSP 10 News, Dewey Selmon said his brother was "showing signs of progress."
Former Buccaneers linebacker and teammate David Lewis told the Tribune late Friday night that Selmon was breathing on his own and recognized Dewey and another brother, Lucious.
Selmon also squeezed the hand of his son, Lee Roy Selmon Jr., Lewis said, according to the newspaper.
"The family is leaning on their faith and nobody has more faith than Lee Roy,'' Lewis, a Tampa-area high school assistant football, told the Tribune. "Things like this can turn and they can turn for the best. That's what I'm hoping and praying for."
Selmon was drafted by the Buccaneers in 1976. He went to six straight Pro Bowls and was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1979. He also was a member of the 1980s All-Decade Team and was chosen first-team All-Pro three times.
"From the very start, Lee Roy Selmon has been there for his team and community. Now, he and the whole Selmon family should know that our family and the entire Buccaneer organization is thinking of and praying for him," the Glazer family, which owns the Bucs, said in a statement Saturday.
Selmon retired from the NFL after the 1984 season and later joined the University of South Florida as an associate athletic director from 1993 to 2001. he served as athletic director from 2001 to 2004, and was instrumental in starting the football program there.
Selmon was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995. He became the first inductee in the Bucs' Ring of Honor in 2009.
Selmon played college ball at Oklahoma, winning the Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy in 1975.
Information from ESPN.com's Pat Yasinkas and The Associated Press contributed to this report.