Heart of a Predator: The Sean Lee Story
On July 22, 1986, God blessed Craig and Jennifer Lee of Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, a small town outside of Pittsburgh, with the birth of another boy.
This family is gifted with an unusual amount of talent. Sean’s older brother was a place kicker for the University of Pennsylvania. The talent was not just present in Craig and Jennifer’s boys, either. Their daughter Alexandra was a high school athlete. The Lees come from a long line of over achievers like Sean’s grandfather, Donald Lee, who was a Federal Judge.
In high school, Sean was a multi-sport athlete. He excelled as the point guard and was a safety for the football team.
Sean went on to Penn State where he again showed his huge heart, as he tallied more the ten tackles in all but three games in 2007. A cloud was to form over his head the next season as he tore the ACL in his right knee during a non-contract drill.
The Cowboys gambled on him anyway, drafting him in the second round in 2010. His first season with the team, he was mostly on the field with the special teams unit.
Sean’s future began to look bright when he made a December start. Sean took the field against the Indianapolis Colts and ever-dangerous Payton Manning. Sean shined in the game, picking Manning off twice and returning the first one of them for a touchdown and recording the second of his young NFL career in overtime, to set the team up for a field goal and an upset win. His future looked so bring that . . . (you know, we had to wear shades)
Sean was not the typical middle linebacker. Seeing Sean out of his uniform, he just looks like a darn nice young man. However, when he puts on the pads he seemed to have that tunnel vision and was always around the ball, usually leading the charge, and hunting down the ball carrier.
The fortune has turned for Sean, along with his outstanding play; he was plagued by injuries every season. He was injured again this year during team activities in another non-contact drill. This time, it is his left knee and he will be out for the entire season.
Injuries have worn him down and now it is apparent that he is too fragile to get on the field for 16 games, ever. Sean deserves credit for the emotion and the leadership he brought to the defense.
Sometimes, an athlete is so competitive he over plays his physical attributes and his career ends all too soon. This is the story of Sean Lee, Dallas Cowboy.
Sports-Kings/DownAndDistance contributor whitebear560 – @whitebear560 Twitter – @360Cowboys Twitter – writer for Fansturn/360Cowboys.com