The Selmon brothers statues to be unveiled

The Selmon brothers statues to be unveiled

You can’t talk Oklahoma football without talking about the Selmons.

The pride of Eufaula, Oklahoma, the three brothers would transcend in the sport of football unlike any family in the state. The Sooner state’s very own “Manning family”. Oklahoma will be honoring these men with statues of each which will be unveiled before the Kansas State game. The Sooner trio were All-Americans as football players and exemplified student-athlete success by being great students in the classroom.

Lee Roy Selmon is considered by many to be the single greatest football player in the history of Oklahoma football. Quite the praise for one man, when considering all the great players that have gone through the halls of the school. But Selmon was different, he was the first OU player ever inducted into the pro football hall of fame. He is arguably the greatest defensive lineman in college football history as well. Lee Roy was the 1st pick in the 1976 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccanneers. In college, he won the Lombardi and Outland trophies. Lee Roy would be the NFL Defensive Player of the year, a three-time All-Pro, six-time pro-bowler, and would be named to the All-80s team. The super stalwart would also help build USF football as an administrator in his later years. He has a statue in Tampa, so his likeness will be eternalized again this Saturday.

Lucious was the oldest brother and set the foundation for excellence when it relates to Selmons and Sooners. Lucious was an All-American in 1973 and was named the ABC and Chevrolet College Defensive Player of the year. He would forgo the NFL and choose to play for the Memphis Southmen in the World Football League. After spending a few seasons there, he would return to Oklahoma as a coach. He spent 18 years coaching the defensive line and then coaching outside linebackers and defensive ends for both Barry Switzer and Gary Gibbs. He then joined Tom Coughlin’s staff in Jacksonville in 1995 and did a good job coaching linebackers there.

Dewey Selmon was the second draft pick in Tampa Bay history after his brother Lee Roy. Selmon would play in Tampa for six years then get traded to the Chargers, he was a second-team All-Pro in 1979. Dewey also earned a Ph.D. in philosophy. But what he did as a player at Oklahoma, earning All-America honors twice is what makes him so difficult to forget. Dewey registered more than 300 tackles during his college years and 24 tackles for loss.

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