Former Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Leon Lett has returned to the Cowboys as part of the NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Program. Lett returns to help coach Brian Baker with the defensive line during training camp. Lett played 10 season with the Dallas Cowboys where he helped them win 3 Super Bowls. Lett was remembered during his career for his strong presence but also for two very bone headed plays. In 1993 on Thanksgiving Day, Lett touched a live football after a blocked field goal attempt by the the Miami Dolphins, the Dolphins recovered the football and kicked the field goal again and were successful the 2nd time. In Super Bowl XXVII, Lett recovered a fumble but was stripped by a Buffalo Bill as he celebrated before getting in the end zone.
Lett however was excited to get the opportunity to return to the Cowboys and help. “This is just a great opportunity to get some more experience and learn from some of the best coaches in the league,” Lett said Wednesday. “When Coach (Jason) Garrett called me, I was excited. It’s been so long since I was a rookie and going to the Cowboys now makes it seem like I’m a rookie again. I’m just grateful to return.”
Lett had trouble in the NFL with drug’s as he was suspended 3 times during his career for violated the NFL’s drug policy.”I just want to help the guys become better people and players,” Lett said. “My door is always open to them. I know I’ve made my mistakes in the past and learned from them, and I want to be a positive influence.” Last year Lett was the defensive line coach at UL Monroe, where he expects to return in 2011.
Lett had a troubled career at times but he was also a winner, so hopefully he can not only instill that winning mentality into the Boys but also steer some in the right direction. It is nice to see former Cowboys come back and try and help the current guys. But who knows at the rate the lockout is moving Lett might be back at UL Monroe before the Cowboys even get on the field.