Count former Dallas Cowboys‘ linebacker Dat Nyugen among those who believe current Cowboy Sean Lee can be one of the league’s best and potential greats at middle linebacker.
Speaking with ESPN Dallas from Cowboy training camp in Oxnard, Calif., Nyugen raved about Lee, saying that he has instincts and know-how on the football field unlike most he’s seen in the league, comparing Lee to future Hall of Famers Ray Lewis and Zach Thomas, as well as retired veteran Keith Brooking in the way of IQ and instincts.
The remarks are indeed high praise for Lee, coming from a guy in Nyugen who enjoyed seven successful seasons manning the middle of the Cowboys defense from 1999-2005, before injuries forced him to retire at age 30.
Lee enters his fourth NFL season this fall, and the 27-year-old former second-round pick could be due for a breakout season.
He was limited to six games last year because of a broken toe that required surgery, but in those six games totaled 58 tackles, a pretty solid number in that short amount of time.
If he hadn’t gotten hurt, Lee was well on his way to a Pro Bowl selection, which would have been his first.
Now in 2013, Lee is primed for what very well could be a breakout season. He is playing in a new defense where he will be the true middle and anchor in a scheme that will allow him to display his speed and athletic ability, which the 6-foot-2, 234-pound Lee has already displayed in his young career.
Nyugen’s praise could very well be just the beginning for a guy who’s poised for big things not just this season, but throughout his career.