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Leavitt: Selmon had “huge heart for everyone”

Posted Sep 5, 2011 by Adam Adkins

Updated Sep 5, 2011 at 01:23 AM

Former University of South Florida football coach Jim Leavitt, now in his first season as linebackers coach with the San Francisco 49ers, spoke Sunday evening with Tampa Tribune reporter Bill Ward about Lee Roy Selmon, who passed away Sunday at age 56, two days after suffering a stroke at his home in Tampa.

“Everyone in the Tampa Bay area feels like they know Lee Roy because they probably do,” Leavitt said. “He embraced everybody he met and went out of his way to make you feel special no matter who you were. He had such a huge heart for everyone.”

“He was the one who called me in Mission, Kansas, to offer me the job at USF. We played against each other in college (Leavitt at Missouri, Selmon at Oklahoma) in two great games and we worked closely together just about every day it seemed for 8 or 9 years. We talked a lot of football but really, we became close because of our conversations about The Lord. It was our shared love of The Lord and those conversations that brought us closest together and that’s what I’ll remember most about Lee Roy.”

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