Lee Roy Selmon was a former defensive end for the Buccaneers for nine seasons (1976-84), Selmon is the most renowned player in Buccaneer history and the first Tampa Bay player selected to the Hall of Fame. The first pick of the 1976 draft, he started at defensive end for nine seasons and holds the franchise record for sacks. He is six-time Pro Bowler (and game MVP), he missed the 1985 season through a back problem and retired from the game of football at the end of that year. He was also named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 1979. Selmon was heavily involved with the University of South Florida and also owned a legendary restaurant in Tampa. He also presented Channel 4's coverage of two games from Tampa with Gary Imlach in 1997. He passed away in September 2011 following a stroke.
Lee Roy Selmon was drafted No. 1 overall by the Buccaneers in the 1976 NFL Draft. During the preseason, Selmon started no games out of the 6 he played in, also only recorded 7 tackles and a sack. Selmon started 6 out of 8 games at right defensive tackle. He had finished the expansion season second in quarterback sacks (only beaten by defensive end Council Rudolph with 5.5 sacks). After the 1976 season, people started questioning if Lee Roy Selmon was ready to play at the pro level, especially because he was selected with the No. 1 overall pick.