PRO: Sean Lee, selected in the second round (55th overall) in 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 a rookie in 2010, he saw time in the club’s nickel packages to gain a solid foundation of the pro-style 3-4 defense. He was plagued by injuries early in the preseason and in the first few weeks of the regular season, but rebounded and played in 14 games.
4/23/10: Drafted in the second round (55th overall) by Dallas.
• Became the starter and the quarterback of the defense and paced the squad with a career-high 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 a 15 tackles - also 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.
• Also added two special teams tackles.
• Led the team for the second straight week with 13 tackles along with a special teams stop.
• Had a team-best eight 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.
• Tied for the team lead with six tackles with two breakups while notching his first career pressure against Detroit (10/2).
• Led the team with a career-high 19 tackles (15 solo) - tied for third in team history in total tackles and tied for second in solo - with a pressure and his third interception of the season at New England (10/16).
• Notched six tackles and a tackle for a loss in the home win over St. Louis (10/23).
• Was held to just one tackle at Philadelphia (10/30) after suffering a wrist injury that put him on the bench for the final three quarters.
• Returned to the field against Buffalo (11/13) after missing the Seattle (11/6) game with a dislocated left wrist and tied for second on the team with five tackles.
• Led the team with 10 tackles in the win at Washington (11/20).
• Tied for second on the team with seven tackles with a tackle for a loss, a pressure and a breakup on Thanksgiving Day against Miami (11/24).
• Led the team with seven tackles and a pair of deflections in the overtime loss at Arizona (12/4).
• Notched his fourth pick of the year and tied for the team lead with nine tackles against the N.Y. Giants (12/11).
• Tied for second on the team with five tackles to go with a tackle for a loss against Philadelphia (12/24).
• Finished at the N.Y. Giants (1/1/12) second on the team with 11 tackles along with a tackle for a loss.
• 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 and 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.
• Was inactive for the home opener against Chicago (9/19) and for the club’s first win at Houston (9/26) with a hamstring injury.
• Returned after the bye 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).
• Added one tackle against Jacksonville (10/31), three stops along with two special teams tackles at Green Bay (11/7) and three more special teams tackles in Jason Garrett’s first win as the interim head coach at the N.Y. Giants (11/14).
• 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).
• On Thanksgiving Day against New Orleans (11/25), posted two tackles and a special teams stop.
• 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 touchdown. 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 and the 10th with an interception return for a score.
• Had five tackles against Philadelphia (12/12) before suffering a concussion on special teams in the first quarter against Washington (12/19).
• Returned on Christmas night at Arizona (12/25) to the tune of two tackles while helping hold the Cardinals to just two-of-11 (18.2%) on third downs.
• In the season-ending win at Philadelphia (1/2/11), posted six tackles, one pass breakup and two special teams stops.
• 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 anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a non-contact drill in an April 2008 practice and was sidelined for his senior season, taking a medical redshirt season. Still selected as an honorary captain by his teammates despite missing the entire season and traveled to every away game as one-of-70 allowable players to dress. Served as an undergraduate coach on the sidelines.
• As a junior, extended his streak of starts to all 26 games over the past 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 nationally in rushing (87.5 yards-per-game, seventh), scoring defense (14.4 points-per-game, ninth), total defense (284.5 yards-per-game, 15th), pass efficiency defense (105.9 rating, 14th) and sacks (40.0, tied for sixth).
• Recorded 90 tackles, good for third on the squad, with eight tackles for losses, 5.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, 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.
• Averaged 21.2 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists-per-game to lead USC to the Western Pennsylvania district AAAA title as a senior.
• 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.
• Has an older brother, Conor, who was the placekicker for the University of Pittsburgh from 2005-08 and was the 2008 Big East Football Scholar-Athlete-of-the-Year.
• 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 Guest Speaker at Ford High School Football Player Program.
• 2012 Dallas Cowboys Draft Day/Fan Appreciation Party.
• 2012 Reliant Home Run Derby benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters.
• 2012 Dallas Cowboys/Miller Fan Fest in San Antonio, Texas.
• 2012 Dallas Cowboys U High School Camp Head Coach.
• Annual team Holiday Hospital Visits.
• Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas Program.
• Dallas Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon and Cowboys Family Cookbook benefitting Happy Hill Farm.• Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas.