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We’re always happy to pay tribute to the giants of the past whose shoulders we proudly stand on. With a tradition of recognizing and honoring the accomplishments of the brightest and best from our industry, we are happy to present the past winners below. If you’d like more information, feel free to get in touch.

Lee Roy Selmon, a dominant defensive end, had a remarkable career both in college and the NFL. Playing for the University of Oklahoma, Selmon was a consensus All-American in 1975 and won the Lombardi and Outland trophies as the best college lineman that year. He played a crucial role in Oklahoma's back-to-back national championship victories in 1974 and 1975. In 1994, he was deservedly inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Selected as the first-ever draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers franchise in 1976, Selmon immediately made his mark in the NFL. Despite injuries that limited his playing time in his rookie season, he was named the team's Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player. Selmon went on to become the leader of the Buccaneers' defense, helping the team secure two NFC Central Division championships in its early years. Throughout his career, he earned six Pro Bowl selections, five All-Pro honors, and was named the NFC Defensive Lineman of the Year four times. In 1979, he was unanimously chosen as the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Off the field, Selmon made a significant impact in his community. After retiring from football, he served as an assistant athletic director at the University of South Florida and later became the athletic director. Selmon played a vital role in the development of the university's football program and its move into Conference USA and the Big East Conference. He was also involved in various charities and business endeavors.

Sadly, Lee Roy Selmon passed away in 2011 at the age of 56 due to complications from a stroke. His legacy as one of the greatest defensive ends in NFL history lives on. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995, making him the first Buccaneers player to receive that honor. Selmon's impact on the field, his contributions to his community, and his lasting influence on the game make him an enduring figure in football history.
Hicks passed away Sep 3, 2011. He was 56 years old.



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