Should Cowboys LB Sean Lee sit out the Pro Bowl?
By Tyrone Starr
Despite it being his first ever invite to the NFL’s “All-Star” game, it may be a wise decision for Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee to choose not to play.
I don’t know about you, but even though I consider myself a huge fan of the game of football and specifically, the NFL, I rarely ever end up watching the Pro Bowl.
There are so many different reasons why the game is pointless and should not even be played in the first place.
The timing is horrible. Because it’s in between the Conference Championship game and the Super Bowl, anyone from the two participants in the biggest game of the year doesn’t even end up going. When is the last time the NBA or the MLB had no participants in their All-Star games in the NBA Finals or World Series?
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It’s not real football. There are different rules for this game than any other NFL game. Again, what other professional league has completely different rules for their All-Star game? This year, a two-minute warning will be added to the first and third quarters and the ball will change hands after each quarter. There will also be no kickoffs.
Also, because of the defensive limitations, the game ends up looking more like an Arena League battle than a contest between the best that the NFL has to offer. Three of the last four games have had 95+ total points scored.
Possibly the worst part about it, however, is the mockery that is made of what is supposed to be the lauding of the who’s who the sport has to offer. Besides those that don’t play because they have a much more important game to focus on the following week, a fair amount of players named to the Pro Bowl openly choose not to participate.
So, while there is a good number of players who say and do all the right things and appear to be honored by the fact they were chosen to play in this game, a lot of other guys barely acknowledge their selection and end up passing.
Enter Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee.
Any Cowboys fan who has even the slightest amount of knowledge is completely aware of how great Sean Lee is at the game of football. He’s arguably one of the five most important players on the entire team and probably the best defensive player Dallas has to offer.
This season, Lee was named to the Pro Bowl after Carolina linebackers Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly were part of the beatdown that was the NFC Championship game. Davis and Kuechly are playing for a Super Bowl ring. Lee is going to the Pro Bowl, only because they are not.
That’s not to say Lee didn’t deserve to chosen based on the merits of his play. He actually had a really good season, posting a career high 128 tackles.
Personally, while I understand that being asked to play in this game is a really big honor, I think Lee should enjoy all of the pre-game festivities and take in all the fun and camaraderie the trip offers, then elect to not play.
The main reason for this train of thought is Lee’s extremely unfortunate history when it comes to injuries. After six seasons in the NFL, he still has never played in all sixteen games. This year, he missed one game due to a concussion and another due to a flare up with his hamstring.
The hamstring injury actually cost Lee $2 million in contract incentives. He chose not to play and risk injuring his leg worse, turning down a very large sum of money that most of us cannot even fathom. Now you’re telling me it sounds like a good idea to go risk another concussion or something even worse on a game that means absolutely nothing?
Defense is an afterthought in the Pro Bowl anyways. Why even entertain the thought of chancing something awful happening just to play a meaningless game with essentially one hand tied behind your back?
I’ll let you guys decide though. Leave a comment below on what you think the General should do with his Sunday.
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