Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee retires from NFL after 11 seasons

Sean Lee joked about the questions in December.

“I think you’ve tried to run me out of here a couple times,” the Cowboys linebacker quipped Dec. 23 to a reporter when once again he was asked whether this season would be his last.

But indeed, Lee confirmed in a retirement letter on Monday, it was. After 11 seasons, the Cowboys’ second-round selection of the 2010 NFL draft is retiring. ESPN’s Todd Archer reported the news first.

“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.”

Lee completes his career with 802 tackles, 60 tackles for loss, 14 interceptions, two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in 118 career games. He started 92 games, all for the team that drafted him.

But injuries, from the torn ACL to lingering pesky hamstrings to 2020 core muscle surgery, plagued Lee’s career. He opted to return for 2020 after playing all 16 games in 2019, an availability Lee’s health rarely allowed him to approach. He joked to the training staff in his farewell letter: “Lord knows you earned your money working with me.”

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