Defensive stars “Selmon brothers” honors with statue By Oklahoma

NORMAN (Okla.) — Saturday’s dedication by the University of Oklahoma to a statue honoring the Selmon brothers — defensive-linemen Lucious, Dewey, and Lee Roy — was made

From 1971 to 1975, the trio played for Oklahoma and helped the Sooners achieve a 54-3-1 record. They won four Big Eight titles and two national championships. They combined for 96 career starts and 915 tackles. They were all together when they started in 1973.

Lucious and Dewey attended a memorial ceremony near Memorial Stadium. Lee Roy died in 2011. The statue’s cover was removed by family members.

It is the first statue to depict defensive players on campus. Near the stadium, the Heisman Park has statues of Steve Owens and Billy Sims, Jason White and Sam Bradford — all offensive players.

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Barry Switzer, former Oklahoma coach, and Bob Stoops were honored by the brothers. Heisman winner Steve Owens and Keith Jackson, Greg Pruitt, Tinker Owens and Greg Pruitt were also present.

Lucious was named National Defensive Player and Big Eight Conference Athlete. He also won Big Eight Defensive Player Award of the year in 1973. Lee Roy was awarded the 1975 Outland Trophy as well as the Lombardi Award. Lee Roy and Dewey were the first-team AP All-Americans in that year.

Lee Roy was the No. 1 pick by the Tampa Bay Bucs. He was the No. 1 pick in the 1976 NFL Draft and the 1979 NFL Defensive Players of the Year. Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (1998) and the NFL Hall of Fame (1996), he played a major role in the introduction of football to USF. Dewey was the first round pick by Tampa Bay in 1976. He was also an All-Pro second-team outside linebacker for AP in 1979.

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