Sean Lee Reacts to Being Named All-Pro: Who Will He Call First with the Good News?
Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee is one of five Dallas Cowboys named first-team All-Pro along with LT Tyron Smith, C Travis Frederick, RG Zack Martin and RB Ezekiel Elliott.
Lee learned of the award from reporters who converged around his locker for quotes following Friday morning’s practice. His first phone call to share the good news will be to his wife, Megan.
“She’s been with me since college and my first ACL (knee injury),” said Lee. “I want to share it with her first.”
But Megan shouldn’t expect a huge celebration or party. Sean said he plans to spend the weekend watching the NFL Wild Card playoff games so he can get a head start on preparing for the Cowboys’ opponent in the Divisional Round Game at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, January 15th.
Cowboys fans were upset when Lee was snubbed in Pro Bowl voting. But the All-Pro designation is even more prestigious and sweet vindication for a player enjoying his best year as an NFL player.
Lee was quick, however, to deflect the praise that comes with an individual honor and share success with his teammates.
“It’s obviously an unbelievable honor because there are so many great players in this league, but what I’m most proud about is playing with this group defensively,” Lee told reporters. “Our defense is about the group. How we play as a unit. How we run to the football. I feel blessed, but it’s really a reflection of the unit.”
Lee also turned the focus to the next goal: continuing the momentum of 2016 for a successful run in the postseason.
“We’ve had two great practices this week and we have to continue to stay in shape and continue to improve,” notes Lee. “We’ve handled the bye week well. You keep working and self-evaluating and working on the fundamentals. With Coach Eberflus and Coach Marinelli, we’re constantly trying to work our hands and our footwork. We’re doing everything we can to stay sharp.
“I’ll watch the games this weekend, but as soon as I have a chance to know who we’re playing, I’ll be back in here (at The Star) getting ready to go.
“For me, it’s my first time in the playoffs (Lee missed 2014 with a knee injury), so I’m chomping at the bit and ready to get this going! I’m blessed to be healthy and have this opportunity. This is something I’ve always wanted to be part of. The excitement level is high.”