Lee Roy Selmon, the first Tampa Bay Buccaneer enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame, grew up on a farm in Eufaula, Oklahoma. Here, Lee Roy and his eight older siblings learned to harvest the land. It was also here that his parents Jessie and Lucious planted the seeds of love, faith and hard work in their children.
They were rewarded with Jessie’s succulent southern specialties: knee bucklin’ favorites like Mama Selmon’s meatloaf, fried green tomatoes and rib-grabin’ barbeque, alongside steaming platters of fresh vegetables from their farm. Fortified by Jesse’s hearty fare, Lucious Jr., Dewey and Lee Roy grew up to become legendary, powerful forces in football.
Conversations around the dinner table were as memorable as the meals themselves: Lee Roy going on a diet at the age of seven- and lasting about ten minutes; the children sharing a ride on their horse Roxie three at a time; the milk fights in the barn and, of course, going off to play some pretty fair football at the University of Oklahoma.
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