Sean Lee called it a dream come true to become part of the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers famed rivalry.
The Cowboys linebacker grew up about 20 minutes from Heinz Field, and played in his hometown for the first time as a professional. More important, the Cowboys escaped with a 35-30 victory.
“This whole thing was a dream come true for me,” Lee said afterward.
Lee had nine tackles, including two tackles for loss, and felt he was “around the ball a good amount.”
“I thought I made some plays, was around the football, still looking for a turnover, but I think each game I’ve been able to make some impactful plays,” Lee said. “Hopefully, I can continue to improve.”
Lee had a number of family and friends in attendance for the game, and soaked in the moment during pregame activities. A highlight had been when the Steelers introduced longtime defensive stalwart James Harrison, a player who was in his prime during Lee’s college days.
“I used to come to games and sit in the stands and you’d get all juiced up watching the guys come out,” Lee said. “I was in college when James Harrison was really coming into his own and making all the plays in 2008. To see him kind of be the last guy introduced was something that was fun to see.”
The only downside to Lee’s day happened on the second play of the fourth quarter. Lee closed in on receiver Ladarius Green and went in for a big hit. However, Lee ended up knocking cornerback Orlando Scandrick out with a blow to the head.
Scandrick played another snap in that series before being sidelined the rest of the way. This happened earlier in the season, too, when Lee knocked out cornerback Morris Claiborne on a similar play.
“I just try to play football, play hard and sometimes it happens,” Lee said. “I feel terrible. … I’ve got to try to hit their guys.”