Sean Lee feels like the old man but is excited for another year in Dallas

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Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee turns 34 next month, and he heads into his 11th season in Dallas. He thinks he has something to add in Dallas, as the old guy on the defense.

You feel like the old man when you realize some of these mid-, late-’90s birthdays of the guys you’re playing with,” Lee told ESPN. “It does keep you young. But I’m as excited as I’ve ever been and love the game as much as I ever loved it. It’s good. It gives you a sense of urgency that you only have so many shots to win a championship. When you get near the end and don’t have that championship, you feel that more than ever.”

Lee says he wishes he could have spent more time with those young teammates this offseason, but the pandemic has made this an offseason unlike any other.

“That’s the toughest part, not being around the guys and building that bond that you work on from March to now,” Lee said. “The shared sacrifice of lifting and running together and kind of growing closer over time with hard work.”

When training camps open in a month, Lee and his much-younger teammates will do some of that shared work, and Lee will be a good example to the young players of how to approach the game if you want a long career.

25 responses to “Sean Lee feels like the old man but is excited for another year in Dallas

  1. Sean Lee is such a talent, almost on par with Luke Keuchly. Had he been able to stay healthy in his career, he’d probably be in line for Canton. At any rate I am glad to have him around at this stage of his career to mentor LVE and Jaylon Smith for another season.

  2. This guy is such an overrated LB. Here his name all the time on here, but NEVER during a game. Wannabe Urlacher, get bent. The Cowboys are irrelevant anyways.

  3. 11th season technically but the guy is basically in year six in terms of actual games played..

  4. david koresh says:
    June 27, 2020 at 9:35 am

    This guy is such an overrated LB. Here his name all the time on here, but NEVER during a game. Wannabe Urlacher, get bent. The Cowboys are irrelevant anyways.

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    david koresh — I get it, you think your comments are on fire.
    The honest truth is that Sean Lee was a beast on the field but he just could not stay healthy. He brought 100% on every play and that was part of the issue. The QB had to account for him on every down or they would get burned like a Branch Davidian.

  5. The media over exposes the Cowboys and yet they do virtually nothing on the field. Sean’s playoff success is virtually non-existent. The real story this year will be the emergence of Chase Young, Montez Sweat, Jonathan Allen and those young guys in Washington. That will be a sight to behold.

  6. Ok, I get the Cowboy haters trashing the Boys. But Sean Lee? He is the perfect example of everything a football player should be.

  7. Lee will be a coach or a head coach in the NFL. HE LIKES TO HIT. And that is what football is all about. Move your opponent into a position which allows you to make a play without holding. His best days are ahead of him.

  8. Class guy and hell of a player. Too bad he spent half his career hurt or we would be debating his HOF chances

  9. Cowboy fans are so sensitive. He was great LB coach from sideline, move on the guy never played.

  10. Sean Lee better like the feel of pine because he is going to be riding that a lot more than opposing quarterbacks this year. This is a young players game. Lee is ancient.

  11. ktoast says:
    June 27, 2020 at 6:32 am
    Sean Lee is such a talent, almost on par with Luke Keuchly. Had he been able to stay healthy in his career, he’d probably be in line for Canton. At any rate I am glad to have him around at this stage of his career to mentor LVE and Jaylon Smith for another season.
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    Not even close to kuechly. Lee has athleticism, but the the comparisons stop there. Luke knew where to be at all times and was a big hitter and tough against the run as well as the pass. Lee was never known to be a run stopper or to even finish out a healthy season. Far from kuechly.

  12. This article is not about whether Lee was a great LB. So why is it that some people here can’t resist taking potshots at him. He is a class act who was committed to his team and played through his many injuries to the extent he could. Let’s recognize all the positive attributes he displayed. Every sport would benefit from more guys like him.

  13. bab13 says:
    June 27, 2020 at 6:47 pm
    This article is not about whether Lee was a great LB. So why is it that some people here can’t resist taking potshots at him. He is a class act who was committed to his team and played through his many injuries to the extent he could. Let’s recognize all the positive attributes he displayed. Every sport would benefit from more guys like him.
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    Me personally, i think sean lee is a good dude and a complete professional. My comment wasn’t to put him down, but to just disagree with the kuechly comparison. I’m not wrong on that either. Kuechly was one of the best linebackers of his era. Sean lee is not that. That’s not a shot at sean lee. I’m an eagles fan and we haven’t had a single linebacker in the last 20 or 30 years that can be compared to kuechly. I can admit that. Seems like you cowboy fans cant accept that though.

  14. Bab13, let’s not be overly sensitive here. Log on any eagles article and you’ll find plenty of your fellow cowboy fans trolling and taking shots at anything and everything. Get over yourself.

  15. Not meant to be a homer since I’m a Cowboy fan, had Lee been able to stay healthy he easily would have gone down as one of the best in team history,and i’ve seen a few since 70, his smarts and offensive recognition were up there with the best to play the game, I honestly see him coaching on the pro level and quite possibly a head coach and being a good one.

    Knowledgeable football fans know what I’m talking about here

  16. The above comments show such bias. Lee was drafted as a 3-4 linebacker. Look at what teams like
    Pittsburgh do with a 3-4. They have a Casey Hampton at the nose to keep guards off the
    linebackers. The Cowboys switched to a 4-3 that also empathized smaller, faster defensive tackles
    that slanted and got up field. This put a ton of pressure on Lee. ( What was the first move Mike
    McCarthy made at defensive tackle ..he brought in Poe and other over 300 pound tackles )
    Kuechly was a great player but look at his defensive line in front of him.
    Shorts, Charles Johnson and Loutele , Greg Hardy when he was good)
    Lee has never played on Defenses as other linebackers like Kuechly and Wagner ..
    He has been a hard worker with some bad luck but he still is out there ( see Rams game)
    The others have mostly retired. People are either clueless or just dislike a player with
    absolutely no clue as to how a individual player is actually performing for his
    defensive coordinator who designs a defense …that might not be the best type of
    defense for that player …yet still performs and by the way 14 picks ain’t too bad
    with a large percentage in the 3-4 in his first 4 years.

  17. Sorry for second comment …but Eagles fan had not replied. I think if your look at some
    games Lee played against the Eagles you may have wished he played for the Eagles.
    remember after Romo broke his collarbone? Lee gets pick in end zone. Being a Penn State
    fan who has lived in Pittsburgh and Philly …a great city ..one remembers how Lee has
    always been a thorn in the Eagles side along with the fact that the Eagles traded down to
    let the Cowboys draft Lee…when the Eagles have had no one at linebacker in last 20
    years ..see Sean Lee vs Clay Harbor ..Philly Enquirer..Pompey. I quote.

  18. Rebelrebel, kuechly and wagner would be great in any defense. And didnt dallas have one of the top ranked defenses recently? Jaylen smith and vander esch had no problems playing behind that d line, correct? Keep cherry picking though. I’m sure you’ll convince someone on here that lee is a future hall of famer.

  19. rebelrebel says:
    June 27, 2020 at 9:02 pm
    Sorry for second comment …but Eagles fan had not replied. I think if your look at some
    games Lee played against the Eagles you may have wished he played for the Eagles.
    remember after Romo broke his collarbone? Lee gets pick in end zone. Being a Penn State
    fan who has lived in Pittsburgh and Philly …a great city ..one remembers how Lee has
    always been a thorn in the Eagles side along with the fact that the Eagles traded down to
    let the Cowboys draft Lee…when the Eagles have had no one at linebacker in last 20
    years ..see Sean Lee vs Clay Harbor ..Philly Enquirer..Pompey. I quote
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    Lol ok. Well, jordan hicks would be a hall of Famer if he got to play every game against the cowboys. Remember him ending romos season? Or his multiple int’s vs dallas including a pick 6 and a pick in the endzone? He even earned the moniker “the cowboy killer”. Does that mean that you wish dallas had drafted him? And I dont have to quote anyone else. Thats my own football knowledge here. Didnt have to google anything.

  20. Rebel, eagles have had some decent lb’s over the last 20 years, just none close to as good as kuechly. I’d take trotter over sean lee any day. He was one of the leaders of those good eagles defenses of the early 2000s and helped get them to the super bowl. The axe man! Carlos emmons was good too. Jordan hicks is just as good as sean lee and he was also bit by the injury bug throughout his career. I have never wished sean lee was an eagle. Honest.

  21. It’s a shame that injuries have plagued this man. His instinct and tenacity could’ve made him one of the greats had he been able to stay on the field throughout his career.

  22. It’s really a pity Sean’s body didn’t hold up for him. There’s no doubt in my mind that had he been able to stay healthy, he’d be a lock for the HOF. He played the game the way it was meant to be played: balls out on every single play. If Dallas had 3 LBs like him on the field at the same time, their Defenses would have been outstanding.

  23. I for one am glad Sean Lee stayed injured… only because, when he’s on the field, the defense vastly improves.

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