It’s been a long time coming for one of the Dallas Cowboys fan favorites.
For the first time since 2012, the Cowboys were able to see their veteran linebacker, Sean Lee, concentrate on football only. Lee was able to head into this off-season without worrying about rehabbing some sort of injury.
According to all22.com, Lee is working on erasing a term that has been put on him over the last couple years, injury prone.
Over the last 32 possible games, Lee has played in 29 of them. Through the 2012-14 seasons, Lee missed over half the games possible, missing 31 of 48 games during that span. He has yet to play an entire 16 games, but last year he played in a total of 15. The one game he didn’t play in was the finale, in which many of the starters sat out with nothing to play for.
“With the injuries, I’ve tried to evolve,” Lee told Dallas-Fort Worth Fox 4’s Edward Egros on Wednesday. “I’ve tried everything that I can control off the field to prepare my body to avoid injuries I’ve done. At the same point, I’ve been blessed to have some luck.”
Lee has been a tackling machine over the last two years. He recorded 145 last year, along with 128 the year before. This proves that when healthy, Lee is one of the best players on the field. It’s just a matter of staying on the field in this tough game.
“Football is a tough game and sometimes you deal with injuries that you can’t control,” said Lee. “I’ve been so lucky to be a part of this team the last two years.”
Not only is Lee one of the stars of this football team, he is also the veteran of that defense. He has shown that he is willing to take second-year linebacker Jaylon Smith under his wing. During training camp, Smith has been seen learning from the veteran on the practice field.
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Lee talked about the blessing it was to play on this team last year. It’s all about getting better each year and learning from your past mistakes as an individual and team.
“It was a blessing to be on that team last year, to be able to win the division, to play in a playoff game [against the Green Bay Packers]. The key now to me is how can I get better at my position to help this defense get better and really help this defense of taking the next step of winning a championship.”
Hopefully 2017 results in a healthy Championship season for Lee and the Cowboys!