"Nobody worked harder"
Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee retires from NFL after 11 seasons
With Lee retiring, the Cowboys’ linebacker room loses a player whose film study consistently bettered players and coaches around him. His commitment to football was "rare," said Jason Garrett, the Cowboys head coach for 9.5 of Lee's 11 seasons.
"Nobody worked harder," Garrett wrote in a text message to USA TODAY Sports on Monday. "Nobody prepared better. Nobody played with more intensity and put it all on the line any more than Sean Lee. He earned the respect of his teammates, his coaches and his opponents by his approach and preparation every day and by his performance on Sunday!