After being an integral part of the Dallas Cowboys for 11 seasons, renowned linebacker Sean Lee has decided to retire. A pick from Penn State in 2010, Lee went on to be a two-time Pro Bowl selection (2015& 2016), and the true leader of the defense.

In a conversation with ESPN, Lee described his wonderful experience with the Dallas Cowboys. He said that he had “been blessed to play for the incredible Jones family, with such great coaches and teammates” that are more like brothers. Moreover, he said that he loved each minute of his playing experience and put his heart into the game at any cost.

Despite his unparalleled success in the game, Sean Lee had received a set of injuries that proved to be a hindrance in many of his games. Lee went on to speak about the wounds he’d received over the years, claiming they were frustrating, to say the least. He missed the entire 2014 season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Furthermore, Lee had to spend a lot of time away from the game due to his issues that cropped up in his ankles, toes, neck, and knees.

However, he expressed gratitude to everyone around him for providing him with unconditional support which was truly “humbling.” Like every player, Sean Lee mentioned a few regrets that he’s had but they hold nothing in comparison to his sheer gratefulness for being a part of the game.

Lee shared an illustrious career during his time with the Dallas Cowboys.  He not only led the team in tackles in 2011 and 2015-17 but also made a record of having five out of seven tackle games in the history of the Cowboys. This included the record-breaking score of 22 against the Giants in 2016. In addition, Lee was acclaimed for having 995 tackles in his 11-year career, good to rank at eighth in team history.

Apart from being a stellar player, Sean Lee was also a great human being. According to linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, Lee was “one of the most selfless people ” he’d had the pleasure to be with. Esch further commended his unequivocal passion for the game that made him strive to do the best, forever and always. Like Each said, the 34-year-old man is a phenomenal individual, so much so that his “character bleeds off and is contagious.”

With Sean Lee’s decision of retirement coming into play, DeMarcus Lawrence becomes the most experienced player in the squad,