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By BOB ANDELMAN
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One of my favorite newspaper profiles was the day I got to hang out with former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and future NFL Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon at his lakefront home in Tampa.
I couldn?t get over how this gentle bear of a man could have ever been responsible for knocking other grown men on their asses for a living. This guy?
He was one of the best ? if not the best ? of his generation.
But Lee Roy Selmon was also one of the smartest guys in the lockerroom and he?s become a legend in the Tampa Bay area for reasons far from the old Sombrero.
There was Lee Roy Selmon the banker, followed by Selmon the associate athletic director at the University of South Florida. When he was ultimately promoted to head athletic director, he helped shape a football program that rose from obscurity to a spot in the Big East conference.
He left OSI a few years back, but the Selmon?s chain has remained strong and still has financial ties to two of the Outback founders.
This Monday, June 13, Lee Roy is hosting a special grand opening of his seventh branded Lee Roy Selmon?s restaurant, this one in Palm Harbor, Florida. If you?ve never been, stop by soon for a taste. I can personally recommend the Smokin? Quesadillas appetizer, the Hall of Fame Ribs and the Georgia Peach Cobbler.
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LEE ROY SELMON audio excerpt: "I'm a meat and potatoes guy. Most times I go for pulled pork or ribs."
Bob Andelman is the author or co-author of 12 books, including 'The Consulate' with Thomas R. Stutler, 'The Profiler' with Pat Brown, 'Built From Scratch' with the founders of The Home Depot, 'The Profit Zone' with Adrian Slywotzky, 'Mean Business' with Albert J. Dunlap, and 'Will Eisner: A Spirited Life.'
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