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Roger and Lee Roy
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We add two more names to our ever-growing list of Hall of Fame guests, as we welcome the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Lee Roy Selmon, and the St. Louis Cardinals’ Roger Wehrli to the program. Plus Charlie Bliss, Offensive Coordinator for Maine South, Illinois state champs in football.
Episode Segments:
Bearly Legal: Roger Wehrli
According to Roger Staubach, our first guest Roger Wehrli was the man who invented the term Shutdown Corner. We’ll get his opinions on the current state of the Cardinals, and talk about his HOF career and induction in 2007.
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Bearly Legal: Lee Roy Selmon
We’ll hear about Lee Roy’s Thanksgiving dinner, where he and his brothers were swapping stories about playing together at the University of Oklahoma. We’ll also talk about hitting in the NFL, being the 1st pick ever for the Tampa Bay Bucs, and believe it or not, the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway.
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Bearly Legal: Maine South OC Charlie Bliss
The Maine South Hawks won their third straight High School Football state championship a few weekends back, and their offensive coordinator Charlie Bliss joins the show to tell us how the program remains so successful. He’ll also address some of the recent controversy surrounding the team.
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Bearly Legal: Final Thoughts
The guys discuss Maine South’s controversies, and preview the Bears / Detroit game. The, how the Bears’ season would have been different if they lost to Detroit in the opener.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Roger Wehrli
"Roger the Dodger" made his mark out of King City, Mo., as a standout defensive back and kick returner during three seasons at MU. A letterman in 1966-67-68, Wehrli set eight MU records including most interceptions in as season (7 in 1968) and most in a game (3 vs. Oklahoma State in 1968) and led the nation in punt returns in 1968. Wehrli was all-Big Eight in 1967 and '68 and all-America in '68. He played in four all-star games following his senior year -the Senior Bowl, Hula Bowl, Coaches All-America Game and College All-Star Game. He then had a long career with the St. Louis Cardinals of the NFL (1969-82), where he was a perennial all-Pro selection.Wehrli's outstanding attribute was his speed. Originally expected to be taken in the third round, he ran a 4.5 40 yard dash and vaulted into the first round. Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach has called Wehrli the best cornerback he played against, and claims that the term "shutdown corner" originated as a description of Wehrli. [1] In his career, Wehrli had 40 career interceptions for 309 yards and recovered 19 fumbles. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007. When voted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame he just the second Missouri player to be elected, joining former tight end Kellen Winslow, who was enshrined in 1995. Wehrli was inducted into the Cardinals Ring of Honor on October 14, 2007. An All-Rookie choice in 1969, Wehrli was voted All-Pro by the in 1970 and was a consensus All-NFC selection including being voted to the Pro Bowl. In 1971, Wehrli was 2nd Team All-Pro by the NEA and again was a consensus All-NFC choice and was selected to his second Pro Bowl. In 1972 Wehrli was moved to safety by the Cardinals coaching staff where he played alongside Hall of Famer Larry Wilson. He returned to right cornerback in 1973. In 1974 Wehrli was again All-Pro and he made his third Pro Bowl and was a consensus All-NFC selection. The following year, 1975 though 1977, he was a consensus All-pro and consensus All-NFC player and a Pro Bowler. In 1978 Wehrli's only post-season honor was being honorable mention All-NFC by UPI as his Cardinal team struggled under new coach Bud Wilkinson. In 1979 Wehrli had a fine season and was a consensus All-NFC pick and made his seventh Pro Bowl. In 1981, after 12 seasons as right cornerback (except for 1972), Wehrli switched to the left side. In his first start at the other corner, he broke up two passes and made four tackles as the Cards shutout the Buffalo Bills, 24-0. In his 14 seasons, Wehrli played in 193 games. In addition to his starting defensive back duties, he was the holder on the place-kicks. In that role he scored a touchdown in 1982 on a fake field goal.

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Lee Roy Selmon
Lee Roy joined brothers Lucious and Dewey Selmon on the University of Oklahoma defensive line in 1972. He blossomed into a star in 1974, anchoring one of the best defenses in Sooner history. The Sooners were NCAA Division I-A national football champions in 1974 and 1975. Selmon won the Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy in 1975. OU Head Coach Barry Switzer called him the best player he ever coached, and College Football News placed him as the 39th best college player of all time. He was known as "The Gentle Giant." In the Fall of 1999, Lee Roy was named to the Sports Illustrated NCAA Football All-Century Team as only one of six defensive tackles on the squad. Selmon was named a consensus All-American in 1975 and also in 1974 by Newspaper Enterprise Association. His long list of achievements, in addition to the Vince Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy, includes the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American and Graduate Fellowship Winner National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. His brothers Lucious and Dewey Selmon also were All-American defensive linemen for Oklahoma, and played on the same defensive line together in 1973. The fearsome trio is still regarded as the most famous set of brothers in OU history. The 1996 Walter Camp "Alumnus of the Year" was voted to the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.In 1976, Selmon was the first player picked in the NFL draft, the first-ever pick for the then-brand-new expansion team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He joined older brother Dewey, who was a second round pick of the Bucs. In his first year, Lee Roy won the team's Rookie of the Year and MVP awards. Selmon went to six straight Pro Bowls and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1979. Buccaneer assistant Abe Gibron said that Selmon "has no peers" at defensive end, while former Detroit Lions coach Monte Clark compared him to "a grown man at work among a bunch of boys".[2] A back injury made the 1984 season his last, and the Bucs retired his number, 63, in 1986. He is a member of the Florida Sports Hall of Fame. He was the first player to be inducted into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ring of Honor on November 8, 2009. The Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway is named for him, as is a chain of restaurants.[3] The chain, aptly titled Lee Roy Selmon's, was named one of the 10 best sports bars in America in 2009. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995.

Lee Roy's Page at the NFL Hall of Fame