Cover photo credit: Butch Dill Associated Press.
First and foremost the legacy every one of us cultivates each day is one we want our families to be proud of. The legacy of a person is described as something that is left behind when a person has passed. It is more about sharing what you have learned, not just what you have earned. Bequeathing values over valuables. There are also the legacies fans seek from professional athletes. When a statue of Lee Roy Selmon was unveiled last week on the greenspace beneath the south Tampa expressway that also bears his name, at a football camp that day, Jameis Winston was asked about carving out a legacy. The tweet by Greg Auman of the Athletic can be seen below;
On day Lee Roy Selmon statue is unveiled, Jameis Winston was asked at youth football camp about carving out a legacy: "We're taking strides every single day to be great in this community and to be active … He paved the way for people like me to be able to make a lasting impact."
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) June 7, 2019
Lee Roy Selmon carved out a legacy in Tampa Bay so tall and wide it could keep the Florida sunshine off of an entire city. A gracious smile and the most pleasant demeanor, the youngest of nine children born to Lucious and Jessie Selmon on a farm in Oklahoma would set the bar so high for all future Buccaneer players, and even higher in his post professional football life becoming the athletic director at USF and making a mark on USF athletics that will forever be remembered. This has not kept many Buccaneer players since from creating and carrying on legacies that have meant so much to our community.
Winston’s involvement with the Dream Forever Foundation for the fourth year in a row is just the kind of things the Buccaneer does in the community that would have brought a wide smile to #63’s face. The Dream Forever Foundation promotes inclusion so that kids of all abilities can have the same opportunities. Winston said “That’s what my foundation is all about, evening the playing grounds for everybody to be successful and everybody to learn how to dream, and instilling in every one of these kids that they can do whatever they want to, they really can dream forever.”
Playing his fifth year as Buccaneer QB and looking for a new contract. Winston has a ways to go before he gets close to the player legacy of Lee Roy Selmon. As for the post football legacy, we will see what the future will holds for the young man from Bessemer, Alabama. One thing though is for sure, a good start towards cementing either of those in Tampa Bay would be to to push forward, keep his nose to the grindstone, and build a character legacy as an example his to younger brother Jonah. Start here with this component and at the end of this journey might just be a legacy all Buccaneer fans can be proud of.
Quote source: Jenna Laine ESPN.