After missing all of 2014 with the third torn ACL of his career, 2015 became the first Pro Bowl campaign of Sean Lee’s career.
Lee made it as a replacement, stepping in for Kansas City’s Justin Houston, and Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was charged with informing Lee that he was a Pro Bowler. Having been head coach for all but half a season of Lee’s rollercoaster career thus far, Garrett relished the task.
“I’ll be honest, it made me emotional doing it,” Garrett told the team’s official website. “All the hard work that he went through to come back from the injury, the level he played at, the impact he had on our team, he’s a really special guy.”
In 14 games, Lee finished with an astounding 128 tackles, five passes defensed, an interception and—as weird as it is to say—the first two and a half sacks of his career.
“He’s been that caliber of player throughout his career,” Garrett said. “He’s dealt with some injuries and some adversities that haven’t allowed him to show that to everybody, and I think he showed that to everybody this year and he just should have a hell of a week out there and really soak it all up.”