Lee Roy Selmon – DE (1976 – 1984)
The clear-cut number one choice. Derrick Brooks is often called the greatest Buccaneers of them all, but until him, Lee Roy Selmon had that honor. In fact, many think he still does.
Not only was he long considered to be the best Buc, but he is Mr. Buccaneers himself. Selmon was the franchise’s first-ever draft pick in 1976, he was the franchise’s first-ever inductee into the Hall of Fame in 1995, and until Derrick Brooks and Warren Sapp, was the first and only Buccaneers player to have his number retired by the franchise.
Selmon was there for the putrid (26-game losing streak) and the party (1979 NFC Championship). He was the kind of player a franchise can build their team around, and the Buccaneers did exactly that.
Officially, Selmon finished his career with 23 sacks, which would land him 16th on the Buccaneers’ all-time list. The thing is, Selmon, retired after the 1984 season, after spending his entire nine-year career in Tampa. The NFL didn’t make sacks an official stat until 1982. Unofficially, Selmon ended his career with 78.5 career sacks, which is 1.5 more than the Buccaneers’ all-time sack leader, Warren Sapp.
Not only is Lee Roy Selmon the obvious choice for the number one Bucs player to wear the creamsicles, but he is arguably the greatest Buccaneer of them all. Let’s hope more memories will be made with the return of the Bucco Bruce creamsicle uniforms.