Lee Roy Selmon hospitalized after suffering a stroke

TAMPA, Fla. - Lee Roy Selmon has been admitted to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa.  KREF-AM radio in Oklahoma is reporting that Lee Roy Selmon has suffered a stroke. His family has said he is unconscious, but doing fine.

A star football player and graduate of University of Oklahoma, Selmon was the first-ever draft pick for the brand new Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1976.  A defensive end, he was with the Buccaneers for nine seasons.

Selmon was a prolific defensive lineman.  He was the first and only Buccaneer elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995, and was elected to the NFL Pro Bowl six times. The Buccaneers retired his number in 1986, and inducted him into the Buccaneers Ring of Honor in 2009. 

Lee Roy Selmon served as USF's Athletic Director, personally launching the football program.  He resigned from the position in 2004, but has remained with the school in a limtied capacity. 

Selmon is 56 years old.

There was confusion early Friday evening after some news outlets erroneously reported his death .  ABC Action News did not report Selmon's death because it was never officially confirmed.

Several family members did say that Selmon was in the hospital, and one said he was "doing well under the circumstances."  Another family member said he was breathing with no assistance.

In a statement, USF President Judy Genshaft and Director of Athletics Doug Woolard said, "Our thoughts and prayers are with Lee Roy and his family. We are honoring the family's request for privacy at this time."

Stay with abcactionnews.com as details unfold on this developing story.

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