Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee has announced his retirement from the NFL after 11 seasons. Lee, who was drafted in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft, spent all of his 11 seasons in the NFL with the Cowboys. Lee made two Pro Bowls during his season as he was named to back-to-back Pro Bowls in 2015 and 2016.
Lee was one of the best players at his position over the last decade but injuries prevented him from having more success and getting more individual accolades. Lee didn't have a great 2020 season and with all of the health issues he decided to call it a career.
"To my teammates, I love you like brothers. The bond of our shared sacrifice will last forever. I'll miss the brotherhood, but will cherish the memories from the locker room following all the big wins and tough losses," Lee said in a statement.
"To the athletic training staff, Lord knows you earned your money working with me. But I couldn't have made it through my injuries without you. Britt Brown, thank you for pushing me as far as you did"
Lee sorry he didn't win a Super Bowl
The Cowboys haven't won a Super Bowl in nearly 30 years and Lee wanted to help them win one.
"To the fans, you lifted me up when I needed it most. 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. To my family, you have always been my foundation.
I love and cherish all of you. I couldn't have done anything without your support. Mom and Dad, you showed me the right way, giving me every opportunity to succeed. To my brother and sister, I looked to both of you for inspiration.
To my in-laws, thanks for all your love and support," Lee added. "To my wife, Megan, I love you dearly. You were there for every injury, every bad game. I never would have persevered without your support. To the game of football, it changed my life.
Whenever I'm near a field, the smell brings me back to when I first started playing, putting on a helmet, trying on those shoulder pads, that perfect tackle. To think of the journey now, experiencing things I never thought possible with the men and women who make this game what it is, I'm beyond grateful. "Thank you, Cowboys Nation. It's been my honor."