Sean Lee

Sean Lee calls time on injury-hit career

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After 11 seasons in the NFL, Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee has announced he is retiring.

Lee was drafted by the Cowboys out of Penn State back in 2010. He was taken with the 55th pick in the second round.

For his first few seasons, Lee only missed a couple of games and had a big year in 2011 where he a total of 104 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and four interceptions.

In the 2012 season, he only played six games after needing surgery on his toe that ended his season.

He bounced back in 2013 once again with four interceptions and 99 tackles but his 2014 season ended in training camp. Lee suffered an ACL tear that would rule him out for the entire season.


When he came back Lee earned back-to-back Pro Bowl selections plus an All-Pro selection in 2016.

After that he could only have one full season of play due to hamstring, concussion and knee injuries.

Unfortunately, Sean Lee’s career was one of those heavily affected by injuries, these injuries cost Lee a total of 58 games throughout his career.

However, when he was on the field, Lee was very productive having a career total 955 tackles, 60 tackles for loss, 30 pass deflections and 14 interceptions in 118 games, 92 of which he started.

Lee was also one of the leaders of the Dallas Cowboys being selected as a captain on multiple occasions.


Lee thanked multiple groups of people, including teammates, fans and coaches, in an Instagram post saying “For 11 seasons I was privileged to wear the Cowboys’ star. We want to play forever. But today, it’s my time to walk away.”

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