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OU football: Lee Roy Selmon statue unveiled in Tampa, Florida

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COLUMN: Selmon's contributions to football cannot be denied

A bronze statue of legendary Oklahoma defensive end Lee Roy Selmon was unveiled on Friday in Tampa, Florida, where the NFL Hall of Fame member played for eight years for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

The statue doesn't feature the former superstar in pads or a helmet, but instead features Selmon in a collared shirt with his number he wore for the Bucs, No. 63. His left hand is holding up his index and pinky fingers, a symbol of the University of South Florida's Bulls. Selmon's bust stands at 8 feet tall, and is in downtown Tampa, but not outside of Raymond James Stadium, where the Bucs play.

“We wanted his characteristic smile,” sculptor Joel Randell told the Tampa Bay Times, “because he has such a warm heart and a warm expression."

Off of the gridiron, Selmon served as USF's athletic director, and was involved in charities in the Tampa community.

Selmon racked up 78.5 sacks and 742 total tackles in his NFL career, and was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1995. In his time with the Sooners, Selmon tallied 325 total tackles and 40 sacks.

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