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Sean Lee: I’d rather play fewer years than “go soft”

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Now would probably be a good time to ask Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee where he comes down on the whole “chicken vs. egg” debate.

After missing 10 games last year with torn toe ligaments, tearing an ACL in college, and dealing with less serious wrist and leg injuries throughout his career (he hasn’t played 16 games in a season yet), Lee said he doesn’t plan to change the way he approaches the game.

“I’m going to try to play a certain way, play hard,” Lee told 1310 The Ticket, via the Dallas Morning News. “I don’t think I would be successful if I didn’t play that way. I’d rather cut a few years off my career and play the right way than go soft and not play right.

“If injuries come, they come. But I’m going to sell out on the field and try to sell out every game. I think that’s the only way we really can win, if everybody does that.”

There’s a fine line between playing with reckless abandon and playing recklessly, one that Lee seems unaware of, or willing to ignore. Being constantly conscious of injuries isn’t necessarily helpful, but the macho equating of self-preservation with being “soft” probably doesn’t help keep him well, either.

Lee said he’s “pretty much 100 percent,” healthy now, and he needs to be, as he’s one of the key parts of the Cowboys’ transition to Monte Kiffin’s 4-3 defense.

Assuming, of course, he’s on the field.

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23 Responses to “Sean Lee: I’d rather play fewer years than “go soft””
  1. natevidlak says: May 15, 2013 7:58 AM

    Another dumb guy

  2. duncanthecat says: May 15, 2013 8:07 AM

    Too small and brittle for a 34 style inside backer, the 43 should should be a better fit.

    As to why theCowboys drafted him while running a 34 defense will always be a mystery.

  3. FinFan68 says: May 15, 2013 8:09 AM

    Injuries happen but you have to play hard. Too many players go half speed or avoid tackling. Those players used to be called “soft”. Now they are hailed as businessmen.

  4. markdamack says: May 15, 2013 8:16 AM

    The worst part about it, both his injuries in the pros have been freak injuries, not nagging ones. This past year he lost ten games because a line men stepped on, and then rolled off of, his foot.

    If this guy stays healthy, he will be a top 5-10 linebacker. He lead the team in tackles and it took 3 weeks to a month, of him not playing, before anyone else on the team caught up with him. He’s everywhere.

  5. logicailvoicesays says: May 15, 2013 8:25 AM

    Lee already looks plenty soft when he is getting run over by the Redskins. HTTR.

  6. rooster34 says: May 15, 2013 8:42 AM

    Lov these guys! Dez plays like that too. When Barber III was good, he played like that

  7. mrjerryjones says: May 15, 2013 8:56 AM

    Good for you Sean. You will get ripped and called a dumb jock by the media for not fitting with their views on how everyone must share their opinion. The fact that this even is considered newsworthy is proof of this.

    As we create rules to try and prevent every death, at the same time we are creating rules that prevent every freedom.

  8. usdiveteam says: May 15, 2013 9:00 AM

    Lee is a linebacker in the NFL and if you watch any of his game he does not play reckless, he just plays hard!
    Heaven forbid if he did not go a hundred percent allof the time then what would people say?

  9. thompgk says: May 15, 2013 9:03 AM

    Worthless spin at the end of the article. Lee is a linebacker and a middle LB at that. Only one way to play

  10. officialgame says: May 15, 2013 9:10 AM

    I followed Lee at Penn State I never thought of him as “playing recklessly”. Lee is just one of those guys who got hurt a lot but when he isn’t hurt is a very good player. NFL linebackers who play soft aren’t in the NFL very long.

  11. blitzinc43 says: May 15, 2013 9:10 AM

    Kid’s a gamer. What Stew Bradley was supposed to be for Philly.

  12. romo4life says: May 15, 2013 9:12 AM

    Only way to play ILB is hard…he can’t be thinking about the possibility of an injury when he’s on the field…beast mode this year!

  13. jam11163 says: May 15, 2013 9:17 AM

    playing soft is what gets you hurt. unless it’s a freak thing.

  14. str8cashhomey says: May 15, 2013 9:25 AM

    And this is bad how? Oh yeah he’s a cowboy.
    Top 5 lb in the league.

  15. j4man1 says: May 15, 2013 9:37 AM

    Not sure where the “chicken vs. egg” debate comes in. Hard to believe he can get even better, but I bet he will!

  16. str8cashhomey says: May 15, 2013 9:56 AM

    do you have to be a hater to be a writer for this site?
    Is that like the first interview question asked?

  17. floratiotime says: May 15, 2013 9:57 AM

    Just remember that if you play hard for more than 4 hours you should see your doctor.

  18. rufusporter says: May 15, 2013 10:05 AM

    Keep your head on a swivel Sean Lee. Golden Tate is still out there.

  19. rmal83 says: May 15, 2013 11:57 AM

    Go Cowboys!

  20. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 15, 2013 4:08 PM

    Love the way Lee approaches the game and it’s reassuring to know there are a few “throw back” guys in the league.

    If he plays not to get hurt, who is to say it won’t happen anyway? Leave it all on the field. No regrets that way.

  21. bluebongzilla says: May 16, 2013 10:41 AM

    “Golden Tate is still out there.”

    And WHY he’s still out there is anybody’s guess. You don’t have to spend a 2 on a WR that can only give you 400 yards and 3 TDs a season.

  22. thejimius says: May 16, 2013 1:34 PM

    Playing with reckless abandon and playing recklessly sounds the same to me.

  23. seahawk12man says: May 17, 2013 2:45 PM

    Watch out! Golden is coming! Say what u want, but Golden has been to, and won more playoff games. This year he will be superbowl champ Golden Tate! Mark it down…take it to the bank!

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