Farewell to The General
Sean Lee Officially Retires: For the greater part of the last decade linebacker Sean “The General” Lee was the heart and soul of the Dallas Cowboys defense.
Lee, a former second-round pick out of Penn State joined the Cowboys in 2010 and played 11 seasons with the team. Lee battled many injuries during his career with the Cowboys, but no matter if he was healthy or injured you could find Lee on the sideline coaching up his teammates and trying to help the defense succeed.
Lee hangs up the cleats at 34 years old with a total of 802 career tackles. In addition to being a tackling machine, Lee did a great job defending the pass ending his career with 14 interceptions and two touchdowns.
Lee wrote a letter to fans officially announcing his retirement from the NFL. “For 11 seasons I was privileged to wear the Cowboys star,” Lee wrote in his letter. “We want to play forever. But today, it’s my time to walk away.”
Sean Lee will go down as a great player in Dallas Cowboys history and is yet another great linebacker that wore the Star on his helmet. Lee was not only a dominant linebacker, he was a true professional on and off the field.
For many years Lee wore the “C” on his jersey as a team captain for multiple years. People around the league and teammates knew Sean Lee as an incredibly dedicated player that was a perfectionist in the film room, in practice, and on the field.
Sean Lee went 110 percent no matter what he was doing and refused to walk on the field or take his helmet off even if he was battling an injury on the sideline. When healthy every time Lee took the field to play defense he sprinted from the sideline into the defensive huddle to start the drive.
“To the fans, you lifted me up when I needed it most,” Lee wrote. I didn’t want to let you down. If there’s a regret, it’s that I never helped bring a championship back home, because you deserve it so much,” he wrote.
Lee might not have brought a championship back to Dallas, but he left everything he had on the field and put his body on the line each season he played.
Impact of Lee’s Retirement
The news of Lee’s retirement is not a shocking move as was the retirement of pro bowl center Travis Frederick. Lee, a two-time pro bowler and All-Pro linebacker in 2016 continued to have his role limited as he got older and continued to struggle to stay on the field.
Lee served as a mentor to young linebackers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch and provided the Cowboys locker room and linebackers room with a proven leader. If Lee did return for season 12 in Big D it was unclear what type of role he was going to have come off a season in which he played in nine games and totaled 20 tackles.
Future in Coaching?
If you are at all closely connected with the Dallas Cowboys organization, you know exactly how his teammates, coaches, and the Jones family feel about Sean Lee. Lee is known as one of the hardest workers and best teammates there was in Dallas over the last 11 years.
Fans have speculated that Lee should take some sort of role as an assistant coach for the Cowboys once his playing career is over and that time has finally come. According to early reports, if Lee considers a coaching role, the Cowboys could have an interest in finding him a spot on the coaching staff.