Selmon came to Oklahoma from Eufaula High School in 1970, and played nose guard for the Oklahoma Sooners for both Chuck Fairbanks and Barry Switzer. He was a consensus All-American in 1973, and was named Chevrolet/ABC National Defensive Player of the Year, Big 8 Conference Athlete of the Year, and Big 8 Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He finished second in balloting for the Outland Trophy and seventh in voting for the Heisman Trophy. He made 255 tackles, including 31 for losses (144 yards), during his career. Selmon graduated from Oklahoma with a degree in special education in 1974.
Selmon's younger brothers, Dewey and Lee Roy, followed him as defensive linemen to Oklahoma. Both were named consensus All-Americans in 1975 and both were drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1976 NFL Draft. Lee Roy won the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award, and went on to be the Sooners' first Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee in 1995. Although more than 30 years has passed since the Selmons played for Oklahoma, Oklahoma fans still say (referring to the Selmon brothers' parents), "God bless Mr. and Mrs. Selmon" or "Thank you, Mrs. Selmon."
Professional and coaching career
Selmon was drafted in the 16th round of the 1974 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He played two years as a defensive tackle for the Memphis Southmen (1974–75) in the World Football League before returning to Oklahoma as an assistant coach at Switzer's invitation.
At Oklahoma, Selmon worked 13 seasons under Barry Switzer (1976–88) and six more under Gary Gibbs (1989–94). He coached the Sooner defensive line from 1976 to 1983 before taking over duties as outside linebackers and defensive ends coach from 1984 to 1994. Selmon helped develop four players that went on to earn All-America honors: nose guard Reggie Kinlaw, Rick Bryan, Kevin Murphy and defensive end Darrell Reed. He participated in the NFL's Minority Coaching Fellowship Program from 1980 to 1989, and worked with the Denver Broncos' linebackers and defensive ends.
Selmon went to work as an assistant coach for Tom Coughlin and the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1995. Selmon tutored the outside linebackers from 1995-2001 before taking over the defensive line in 2002. Two Jaguars, outside linebacker Kevin Hardy and defensive end Tony Brackens, earned All-Pro honors.
In 2005, after working in football camps around the United States, Selmon joined the staff of the Michigan State Spartans as defensive line coach, but he left Michigan State after one season. He worked as a private consultant to aspiring professional football players for two years.
Selmon currently resides with his family in Jacksonville.
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