The Selmon brothers of Eufaula, Oklahoma (population 2,813) were among the first trio of brothers to be drafted by the NFL.
The Selmons also were the first—and still only—three brothers to start a college football game together.
Lucious, Dewey and the late Lee Roy Selmon played together for the University of Oklahoma in the 1970s. They were recognized by their alma mater last weekend with a statue outside Memorial Stadium in Norman prior to the Sooners’ home game. The 7,000 pounds of bronze depicts the trio standing together in their college uniforms. They are the first Oklahoma defensive players to have a statue erected in their honor on campus.
Lucious, now 71, is the oldest brother. He was drafted by the Patriots in the 16th round of the 1974 Draft. He never played in the NFL but decided instead to join the short-lived World Football League. However, Lucious had a long career as an NFL and college assistant coach. He was on Coach Tom Coughlin’s staff in Jacksonville from 1995-2002.
The late Lee Roy Selmon was the overall first pick of the 1976 Draft by the Buccaneers. He played nine seasons in Tampa and, in 1995, became the first Bucs player inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Lee Roy stayed in the Tampa area after his football career and became a respected banker, athletic director, and restaurateur. Unfortunately, he died at age 56 in 2011 from complications of a massive stroke.
Dewey Selmon was selected on the second round of the same 1976 Draft as Lee Roy. He played next to his brother on the Bucs defensive line until 1982. He finished his career with the Chargers that same season. Dewey returned to school after football and earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Oklahoma. He is a member of the College Academic Hall of Fame.
We at NFL Alumni agree with those Oklahoma Sooners fans who often are heard to say “Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Selmon” for bringing their gifted, athletic sons into the world. The Eufaula brothers had an impact for many years on our league as players, mentors, and… gentlemen!