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Breaking: LB Sean Lee Retires From NFL After 11 Seasons

There's been much speculation since the end of the about the future of Sean Lee. He immediately expressed after the Dallas Cowboys loss to the that he still loved the game, and even as recently as February he was mulling over whether or not he should continue playing.

After much consideration, Lee has come to a decision. After 11 seasons, he is hanging up the cleats and entering retirement, according to 's Todd Archer.

Lee came into the Cowboys organization as a second-round pick out of Penn State in 2010. Nagging injuries only allowed him to register one season over 100 tackles through 2013 (had 104 in 2011). After he missed the entire 2014 season with a torn ACL, Lee had the best stretch of his career. From 2015 to 2017, Lee was selected to two Pro Bowls and received All-Pro honors (2016), and established himself as one of the best linebackers in the NFL.

The last three seasons have been a nightmare for Lee. In 2018, multiple hamstring injuries forced him to miss nine games and he totaled a pedestrian 30 tackles. He played in all 16 games for the first time in 2019 and racked up almost 90 tackles, but that momentum was short-lived. Last season, he underwent sports hernia surgery which kept him on the sidelines for the Cowboy's first seven games. He would finish with a career-low 20 tackles.

Lee's career is a tale of what could have been. When healthy, he was one of the better linebackers of his time, but far too often he was a spectator and not in . Nonetheless, he's left a legacy of hard work and perseverance after continuously having to battle back from injuries. That determination could lead to a position with the Cowboys coaching staff in the future where his experience and knowledge of the game would be a welcomed addition.

“It's been a complete honor,” Lee told ESPN. “I've been blessed to play for the incredible Jones family, with such great coaches and teammates that I love like brothers. I loved every minute playing and tried to pour my heart and soul into winning and helping my teammates at all costs.

“To say the injuries were frustrating would be an understatement, but the support I received through them all was humbling and the lessons I learned battling adversity will last a lifetime. There are always regrets, but I'm proud of what I was able to accomplish and I leave this game grateful.”

Lee finishes his career with 802 tackles, four , 14 interceptions, 30 pass breakups, two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, and two defensive touchdowns in 118 games played.

As Lee rides off into the sunset, the Cowboys should target a linebacker at some point in this week's .

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Written by Matthew Lenix

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  1. Have to draft a linebacker or two pfn-logo-black
    DAL
    10.

    Patrick Surtain II
    CB Alabama
    DAL
    44.

    Levi Onwuzurike
    DT Washington
    DAL
    75.

    Creed Humphrey
    OC Oklahoma
    DAL
    99.

    Jackson Carman
    OT Clemson
    DAL
    115.

    Andre Cisco
    S Syracuse
    DAL
    138.

    Tony Fields II
    LB West Virginia
    DAL
    179.

    Chauncey Golston
    EDGE Iowa
    DAL
    192.

    Janarius Robinson
    EDGE Florida State
    DAL
    227.

    Jordon Scott
    DT Oregon
    DAL
    238.

    Erroll Thompson
    LB Mississippi State

  2. If every player in the NFL was Ike SL , Herschel Walker, Barry Sanders and a few others could you imagine how good sports would be!!! S L I’ve said it before and I say it again …….. your the poster boy of what a Dallas Cowboy should be! Hope to see you on the sidelines coaching up our Line Backers for years to come!

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