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This Day in History: Bucs Draft Selmon

The Buccaneers made their first-ever draft pick 39 years ago.

The best photos from defensive end Lee Roy Selmon's career with the Buccaneers.

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On this day, 39 years ago, the Buccaneers drafted a legend.

With the first overall pick in the 1976 draft, the team selected three-time All-American defensive end Lee Roy Selmon out of the University of Oklahoma. It was the Bucs' first-ever draft pick.

Selmon played all nine of his NFL seasons for the Buccaneers, from 1976 to 1984. During his tenure in Tampa he recorded 78.5 sacks, still the most in team history, and 742 tackles, No. 7 on the Bucs' all-time list.

For his efforts, he was named to six Pro Bowls and was named an All-Pro by the Associated Press twice. In 1979, Selmon was the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year.

His No. 63 jersey has been retired by the Buccaneers and in 1995, he became the first Buccaneers elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was also the first Buc nominated for the team's Ring of Honor.

"I've been around great players," said Ron Wolf, the Bucs' former Vice President of Operations. "I've been around Howie Long. I've been around Ted Hendricks and I've been around Reggie White. But of all those players I just mentioned, the best player is Lee Roy Selmon."

NFL.com listed Selmon as the No. 98 player in NFL history.

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