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Sean Lee





Penn State
9 Years Pro

2017 Season

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07/01/14: Placed on Reserve/Injured with a knee injury.

08/22/13: Signed a seven-year contract extension through 2019.

10/24/12: Placed on Reserve/Injured with a toe injury.


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Sean Lee, selected in the second round (55th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, was chosen with intentions of becoming an inside force at linebacker for years to come. After Lee spent his rookie season learning behind solid veteran inside linebackers Keith Brooking and Bradie James, he became a full time starter on the inside in 2011. Lee was also charged with “quarterbacking” the defense in his role as a first-time starter and excelled in the spotlight. He paced the defense with 131 tackles - 52 more than the second place finisher - and tied for the team lead in tackles for losses (eight), interceptions (four) and fumble recoveries (two). Lee started all 15 games he played in his second season, missing one with a wrist injury. As he began his second season as the defensive signal caller in 2012, Lee was off on a torrid tackle total, posting double-digit figures through each of the first four games. He tied a 41-year club record after posting 21 stops at Seattle (9/16). Six weeks into the season, his 77 tackles were a club high, but that’s where his total ended as a toe injury suffered at Carolina (10/21) slammed the brakes on his third season. After undergoing surgery to repair the injury and spending the end of the 2012 season and beginning of the 2013 offseason rehabbing, Lee returned to full health in 2013 and resumed his role as the leader of the defense. He again led the team in tackles (123) at the time, but suffered a hamstring injury that sidelined him for two games. In his first game back, he injured his neck that kept him from the final three contests. Lee worked hard to return for 2014 but suffered a torn ACL in a spring practice that sidelined him for the season. He again dug in and spent the season rehabbing and moved to the weakside in 2015 to start 14 games, missing two with injury, and pace the club with 156 tackles and 11 stops for losses and earn his first trip to the Pro Bowl. In 2016 Lee again led the team in tackles, posting a career-best 174 stops along with a career-high 12 tackles for losses (tops on the team) en route to his second consecutive Pro Bowl appearance and AP first-team All-Pro honors.



  • Started all 15 games he played, missing the season finale (coach’s decision) and led the team with career highs in tackles (174) and tackles for losses (12).
  • Named to the AP All-Pro first-team and earned his second consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl, as an injury replace- ment for Luke Kuechly.
  • Selected as a team captain.
  • Led the team with 15 tackles in the season opener against the N.Y. Giants (9/11), then paced the team with 10 tackles and a breakup in the win at Washington (9/18).
  • In his 50th career start, led the team with 10 tackles along with one for a loss at San Francisco (10/2).
  • Had a team-high 15 tackles - 10 solos - in the win over Cincinnati (10/9), then topped 600 career tackles, leading the team with 14 and a breakup in the win at Green Bay (10/16).
  • In the overtime win against Philadelphia (10/30), led the team with 10 tackles with two tackles for losses, including one for six yards that took the Eagles out of field goal range in the fourth quarter.
  • In his return to Pittsburgh (11/13), finished second on the team with nine tackles along with two for losses.
  • Led the team with 20 tackles, including 12 solo, to go with one for a loss and a hurry on Thanksgiving Day against Washington (11/24).
  • Had 10 tackles with two for losses in the Thursday night win at Minnesota (12/1).
  • Established a club record with 22 tackles, including a club-record 17 solo stops, at the N.Y. Giants (12/22). Also had a tackle for a loss, a pressure and a fumble recovery.
  • Had a team-best 12 tackles with one for a loss and a pressure against Tampa Bay (12/18). Logged his 700th career tackle in the game.
  • Made his postseason debut In the Divisional Playoff Game against Green Bay (1/15/17) and led the team with seven tackles along with two for a loss and a hurry.


  • Started all 14 games he played, missing two due to injury, and led the squad in both tackles (156) and tackles for losses (11). Also logged the first 2.5 sacks of his career with six pressures five breakups and an interception.
  • Earned his first career Pro Bowl nod after Justin Houston (Kansas City) backed out due to injury.
  • Returned to the playing field in the season-opening win over the N.Y. Giants (9/13) as the starting weakside linebacker and tallied nine tackles with a stop for a loss.
  • Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week at Philadelphia (9/20) with a team-best 14 tackles (10 solo), two stops for losses, two breakups, a pressure and the team’s first takeaway of the season. Intercepted a pass in the end zone to thwart an Eagles scoring drive.
  • Led the team against Atlanta (9/27) with 11 tackles to put him over 400 stops for his career. Also posted his first career sack to go with a pair of pressures.
  • Made his 50th career appearance and tallied three tackles before leaving the game at New Orleans (10/4) in the second quarter with a concussion.
  • Led the team with 15 tackles with two stops for losses against Seattle (11/1), then added six stops against Philadelphia (11/8) before a concussion sidelined him through the second half.
  • On Thanksgiving Day against Carolina (11/26), posted 17 tackles, 11 solos, with one breakup.
  • Had nine tackles, two stops for losses, one sack, a breakup and a pressure at Washington (12/7). Reached 100 tackles on the season for the third time of his career.
  • One-of-five tacklers with double-digit stops at Green Bay (12/13), posting a team-best 12 with one for a loss.
  • Recorded his 500th career tackle, leading the team with a season-best 18 tackles, including 11 solos, against the N.Y. Jets (12/19).
  • Led the team with 17 tackles, including a season-high 13 solos, along with a half sack and a pair of stops for losses at Buffalo (12/27).
  • Was inactive for the season finale against Washington (1/3/16) with a hamstring injury.


  • Tore his ACL in an offseason practice and missed the entire season while rehabbing.


  • Started the first 10 games of the season before a hamstring injury sidelined him for two games and was leading the team with 115 tackles until the injury. Returned at Chicago (12/9) but suffered a neck injury that forced him from the Bears game as well as the final three contests. Was second on the squad with 123 tackles and led the team, tied for 11th in the NFL, with four interceptions.
  • Earned NFC Defensive Player of the Month (October), totalling 52 tackles, three for losses, three interceptions, two pressures and four deflections in the four games.
  • Had 10 tackles along with a fumble recovery in the win over St. Louis (9/22).
  • At San Diego (9/29) led the team and tied a then club record (Eugene Lockhart and Lee) with 21 tackles, including 16 solo, along with a tackle for a loss, a pass breakup and an interception he returned a career-long 52 yards for his second career touchdown.
  • Led the team with 18 tackles with one for a loss against Denver (10/6), then posted double-digit tackles and led the team for the fourth straight week (12), along with one for a loss, against Washington (10/13).
  • Earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week at Philadelphia (10/20) with a team-high 11 tackles, with one for a loss, a breakup and an interception he returned 33 yards.
  • Tied for second on the team with 11 tackles with two breakups and two interceptions at Detroit (10/27). Re- turned one pick 74 yards - the sixth-longest interception return by a Cowboy since 1991 and the second-longest by a linebacker in club history. His 74 interception return yards were a career-high.
  • Led the team with 13 tackles with a tackle for a loss against Minnesota (11/3). Reached 100 tackles for the second time in his career.
  • Returned to the field at Chicago (12/9) after missing two games and posted six tackles before leaving the game in the third with a neck injury.


  • Finished fourth on the defense with 77 tackles despite playing in and starting just six games after suffering a season-ending toe injury in Week 7.
  • Added two tackles for loss, eight pressures, one interception, two pass breakups and a forced fumble.
  • Led the team with 14 tackles and forced a fumble in the opener at the N.Y. Giants (9/5).
  • Tied Lee Roy Jordan’s (against Philadelphia, 9/26/71) old club record with 21 stops, 15 solos, at Seattle (9/16).
  • Notched the first interception of the season for the defense - seventh of his career - and tied for the team lead with 11 tackles - his third consecutive double-digit tackle game - with two pressures and a pass breakup in the home-opening win over Tampa Bay (9/23).
  • Led the team with his fourth double-digit tackle game of the season (17) against Chicago (10/1).
  • At Baltimore (10/14) led the team with eight tackles and had a single-game career-high six pressures.
  • Suffered a toe injury early in the third quarter and did not return at Carolina (10/21) but finished with six tackles, one for a loss and a pass breakup.
  • Was placed on Reserve/Injured with the toe injury on Oct. 24 and underwent surgery Oct. 30.


  • Became the starter and the quarterback of the defense and paced the squad with 131 tackles while tying for the lead in tackles for losses (eight), interceptions (four) and fumble recoveries (two).
  • Started all 15 games he played, missing one after dislocating his left wrist at Philadelphia (10/30).
  • Led or tied for the team lead seven times and racked up double-digit tackle figures on six occasions.
  • Made the first start of his career in place of Brooking in the season opener at the N.Y. Jets (9/11) and led the team with 15 tackles - his first professional double-digit tackle game. Also intercepted his third career pass that he returned 37 yards to set up Dallas at the one-yard line and added two special teams tackles.
  • Led the team once again with 13 tackles along with a special teams stop at San Francisco (9/18).
  • Had a team-best 13 tackles with a tackle for a loss, his second interception of the season and a fumble recovery on Washington’s (9/26) final drive to seal the win for Dallas in the home opener.
  • Led the team with a then career-high 19 tackles (15 solo) - tied for third in team history in total tackles and tied for second in solo to date - with a pressure and his third interception of the season at New England (10/16).
  • Suffered a wrist injury at Philadelphia (10/30) which put him on the bench for the final three quarters. Returned against Buffalo (11/13) and tied for second on the team with five tackles.
  • Notched his fourth pick of the year and tied for the team lead with nine tackles against the N.Y. Giants (12/11).


  • Despite suffering through injuries in the preseason and early in the season, played in 14 games as a rookie and finished 11th on the team with 45 tackles while placing fifth with three tackles for losses and tied for third with two interceptions with one returned for a touchdown.
  • Made his NFL debut on special teams in the opener at Washington (9/12) but did not record any stats.
  • Returned after the bye (hamstring injury) against Tennessee (10/10) to record his first career tackle, along with a tackle for a loss and his first special teams stop.
  • Had five tackles at Minnesota (10/17) before besting that with six tackles, a tackle for a loss and two special teams tackles against the N.Y. Giants (10/25).
  • Tallied four tackles, one tackle for a loss, forced his first career fumble - recovered by Jason Hatcher that led to a Dallas touchdown - and one special teams stop in the win against Detroit (11/21).
  • Had a career day in the overtime win at Indianapolis (12/5), contributing nine tackles, three pass breakups and picking off the first two passes of his career.
  • At the Colts, his first interception came in the third quarter, one he returned 31 yards for his first career touch- down. His second came in overtime to set up Dallas’ game-winning field goal. His two interceptions marked the first multiple interception game by a Cowboy since Terence Newman had two against the N.Y. Giants (12/14/08) and the first by a Dallas rookie since Newman had three at Washington (12/14/03).
  • Became the 11th Dallas rookie with two interceptions in a game - the 10th with one returned for a score.


  • Totaled 324 tackles, 11.0 sacks, 28.5 tackles for losses, four forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, three interceptions and 16 breakups in 44 games played with 33 starts at Penn State.
  • Earned All-Big Ten Conference second-team honors and was an academic All-Big Ten choice after starting eight- of-10 games at left outside linebacker to post 86 tackles, 2.0 sacks and was second on the squad with 11 tackles for losses in his senior season. Also recovered a fumble, notched an interception and deflected seven passes.
  • Tore the ACL in his right knee in an April 2008 practice and was sidelined for his senior season, taking a med- ical redshirt season. Selected as an honorary captain by teammates, despite missing the entire season, and traveled to every away game as one-of-70 allowable players to dress. Served as a “coach” on the sidelines.
  • As a junior extended his streak of starts to all 26 games over two seasons, ranking second in the Big Ten with 138 tackles, trailing only teammate Dan Connor (145), and giving Penn State just its third pair of century-busting tacklers since tackle records began being kept in 1969.
  • Was selected a first-team All-American by Pro Football Weekly, was a two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honoree in 2007, earned second-team all-conference honors and earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors.
  • His 138 tackles were fifth on the school season list, and he recorded double-figures in tackles in 10 of the last 11 games.
  • Started every game at outside linebacker as a sophomore to help Penn State defense rank in the top-15 nation- ally in rushing, scoring and total defense.
  • Recorded 90 tackles, good for third on the squad, with eight tackles for losses, 5.5 sacks, two fumble recov- eries, two forced fumbles, one interception and two pass breakups.
  • Played in eight games as a freshman at left outside linebacker, recording 11 tackles.


  • Was a first-team Associated Press Class AAAA all-state selection at Upper St. Clair High School in Pittsburg, Pa.
  • Was the 2005 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette High School Male Athlete of the Year and was honored at the prestigious Dapper Dan Dinner in 2006, and also was named to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25 and played in the 2005 Big 33 Classic against Ohio.
  • Upper St. Clair combined to go 31-4 during his three years as a starter, including 11-1 as a senior.
  • Ran for 1,240 yards and 21 touchdowns on 187 carries for a superlative 6.6 average and posted 95 tackles and four interceptions at safety during his senior season.
  • Also excelled on the basketball court, leading the Panthers to a 75-12 record in three seasons as a starter.
  • One of a select few athletes in the past 25 years to be selected to the Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 football team and the Fabulous Five basketball team.
  • Graduated with a degree in finance at Penn State.


  • 2010 Dallas Cowboys Rookie Club.
  • 2010 Served an early Thanksgiving meal at The Salvation Army.
  • 2011 Super Bowl XLV youth football clinics.
  • 2011 Super Bowl XLV NFL Experience Kids Zone book reader.
  • 2011 Super Bowl XLV One World Super Huddle event for school kids.
  • 2011-12 Fuel Up to Play 60.
  • 2011-12 Guest Speaker at Ford High School Football Player Program.
  • 2012-14 Dallas Cowboys Draft Day/Fan Appreciation Party.
  • 2012 Fuel Up to Play 60 spokesperson.
  • 2012 Reliant Home Run Derby benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters.
  • 2012 Dallas Cowboys/Miller Fan Fest in San Antonio, Texas.
  • 2012 Dallas Cowboys Fitness Zone Dedication Event.
  • 2012 First Responders Game Presentation.
  • 2012 Jason Garrett Play It Smart Football Camp Coach/Speaker at Princeton University.
  • 2013 Reliant Home Run Derby benefiting the Salvation Army.
  • 2012-17 Dallas Cowboys U High School Camp Head Coach.
  • 2013 The Salvation Army YET Kaboom Playground Build.
  • 2013 Built Ford Tough High School Player of the Year Banquet/Guest Speaker.
  • 2013 Bank of America/North Texas Food Bank Holiday Hunger Relief at The Salvation Army.
  • 2014 Bank of America Volunteer of the Year Guest Speaker.
  • 2014-16 Albertson’s All Star Gala benefiting the Salvation Army and Muscular Dystrophy Association.
  • WrestleMania 32 week community event at Children’s Health Medical Center.
  • 2016 My Cause My Cleats Campaign.
  • 2016 Dallas Cowboys/NFL Man of the Year.
  • 2017 Caliber Collision Military Combine guest speaker.
  • 2017 Character and Leadership high school program guest speaker.
  • Annual Team Holiday Hospital Visits.
  • Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas Program.
  • Dallas Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon and Cowboys Family Cookbook benefiting Happy Hill Farm.
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas.



Career Stats


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11PHIL 9-370------------
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TOTAL 866684412272.5025132314-74


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TOTAL 8600-04000000
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defensive splits - split by OPPONENT

Arizona Cardinals18800-0-----
Atlanta Falcons11010-0-----
Denver Broncos19810-0-----
Green Bay Packers00----------
Kansas City Chiefs112840-0-----
Los Angeles Chargers00----------
Los Angeles Rams00----------
New York Giants2261790-110999
Oakland Raiders110640-0-----
Philadelphia Eagles18710-0-----
San Francisco 49ers15500-0-----
Seattle Seahawks113670-0-----
Washington Redskins19540-0-----

defensive splits - split by DIVISION CONFERENCE

Outside Own Division75841170-0-----
vs AFC Teams3312290-0-----
vs NFC Teams87048220-110999
vs Own Division44329140-110999

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defensive splits - split by STADIUM

AT&T Stadium33321120-0-----
Levi's® Stadium15500-0-----
Lincoln Financial Field18710-0-----
Mercedes-Benz Stadium11010-0-----
MetLife Stadium1181080-110999
Oakland Coliseum110640-0-----
Sports Authority Field at Mile High19810-0-----
University of Phoenix Stadium18800-0-----

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Other Days (not Monday or Sunday)00----------
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