Selmon brothers to be remembered with statue at Oklahoma

Field Level Media

September 18, 2021 at 7:56 pm.

Oklahoma will honor the Selmon brothers — key players of its teams from the early 1970s — with a statue.

Plans were revealed Friday night during festivities marking the 50th anniversary of the classic 1971 game between Oklahoma and Nebraska, known as the Game of the Century. The two former bitter rivals met Saturday for the first time since 2010, with Oklahoma winning 23-16.

Lucious, Dewey and Lee Roy Selmon all were All-America selections for Oklahoma at least one season.

Lucious joined the Sooners in 1970, followed by his brothers in 1972. Dewey and Lee Roy were All-Americans in 1974 and ’75 when Oklahoma won back-to-back national championships.

Lee Roy won the Vince Lombardi and Outland trophies in 1975 and was the first draft pick of the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who selected him No. 1 overall in 1976. The defensive end played nine seasons with the Bucs, was a first-team All-Pro in 1979 and a six-time Pro Bowl selection. He is a member of both the Pro Football and College Football halls of fame.

Oklahoma previously dedicated statues to its four coaches who recorded at least 100 career victories: Bennie Owen, Bud Wilkinson, Barry Switzer and Bob Stoops. Five of its seven Heisman Trophy winners have their own statues, but plans are in the works to add those of Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray.

The Selmon statue is expected to be unveiled early in the 2022 season.