All of the attention concerning the Dallas Cowboys this week is on the 2021 NFL Draft. The Cowboys have a top-10 draft pick and multiple opportunities to improve weaknesses across its roster.
Non-draft news broke on Monday, though. Long-time Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee officially announced his retirement from the NFL. Lee was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2010 and spent all 11 of his NFL seasons with America’s Team.
Lee penned a letter to officially announce his retirement. He addressed the Jones family, his teammates, and the Cowboys fan base in his retirement letter.
Sean Lee & the Cowboys have made it official: he’s retiring.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) April 26, 2021
The team’s release includes a letter from Sean. “It has been my honor.” pic.twitter.com/EZW43867Yp
Drafted in the second-round of the 2010 draft, Lee became a star in the Cowboys defense. The Penn State product started 92 games over the course of his career, earning two Pro Bowl selections and making the 2016 first-team All-Pro team.
Salute 5️⃣0️⃣✭ Happy retirement Captain Sean Lee. pic.twitter.com/K2CjLINB7X— DC (@DylansRawTake) April 26, 2021
Injuries defined the majority of the final few seasons of Lee’s career. Sean Lee struggled to stay on the field, often missing multiple games in multiple seasons. The now former Cowboys linebacker played 15 or more games in a season just three times over 11 years.
Lee was just about as good as anybody at the position when he was on the field, though. He became an integral part of the Dallas Cowboys during his playing career and was well-respected by his peers. There was never any question about who the leader of the defense was.
There is a chance that Sean Lee could move into a coaching role now that his playing days are behind him. Similar to Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, Lee is known as a football genius and often coached his teammates on the sidelines. Maybe Lee’s time with the Cowboys hasn’t officially come to a close.
this example comes to mind for mepic.twitter.com/NMckeU8OBF— Tom Downey (@WhatGoingDowney) November 13, 2020
Sean Lee joins future Hall of Famer Jason Witten as former Dallas Cowboys players to announce their retirement this offseason. Thank you for everything that you gave us, 50.
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