100 Greatest Players of All-Time
 #39 Lee Roy Selmon

Lee Roy Selmon, Oklahoma
Defensive Tackle, 1972-1975

While Selmon isn't the highest ranking of Barry Switzer's Sooners on our Top 100 list, it's hard to argue with the former head coach as Switzer said Selmon was the greatest player he ever coached.

He had everything you'd ever want in a defensive lineman with the size, strength and quickness to dominate and offensive lineman one-on-one. For his career, he made 324 tackles (amazing for a defensive lineman) with 40 for loss. In 1975, he made 88 unassisted tackles. He wasn't just great on the football field named a GTE Academic All-American and winning a graduate fellowship. 

The brothers: If you're going to look at the greatest group of family members to play college football, the Manning clan might be at the top, but the Selmon brothers would have to be number two with Lucious, Lee Roy and Dewey Selmon all dominating college football on the defensive line. Lucious was an All-American in 1973 and considered one of the best defensive linemen ever to play at OU, then Lee Roy took it to another level. Dewey was also an All-American. In 1973, all three started on the Sooner defensive line and combined for 234 tackles.

The name: Throughout his college career, Selmon was listed as Leroy, then LeRoy, then when his career was over, he finally let everyone know that it's actually spelled Lee Roy. 

The team: The mid-70s Sooners were as dominant as any teams in any era. When Switzer took over for Chuck Fairbanks in 1973, he immediately took the talented Sooners to the brink of the national title going 10-0-1 with the tie coming to USC. In 1974 and 1975, Selmon was the best player on two national championship teams that went 22-1 over that time. That means that during Selmon's four years at OU, the Sooners went 43-2-1 (officially, they went 40-5-1 as they forfeited three games in 1972 with an ineligible player.)

Post OU: Selmon was the first pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1975 NFL Draft and went to six Pro Bowls in his nine years on the way to the NFL Hall of Fame. He left to become a successful banker for First Florida Bank before leaving to work in the athletic department at the University of South Florida. He's now the Athletic Director.


  • College Football Hall of Fame - 1988
  • GTE Academic All-America Hall of Fame - 1994
  • Outland Trophy - 1975
  • Lombardi Award - 1975
  • All-America - 1974 & 1975
  • NFL Hall of Fame - 1995
  • First Player picked in the 1975 NFL Draft - 1975
  • Six time NFL Pro Bowler
  • Four time NFL All-Pro
  • Tampa Bay retired the No. 63 jersey - 1986