Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee recently joined 103.3-FM ESPN's "Dennis and Cowlishaw" to chat football and he made some pretty interesting comments about one teammate in particular.
At least publicly, Lee is second-year linebacker Jaylon Smith's biggest cheerleader. And it's pretty awesome to see a teammate act like that.
"I think he's a complete package," Lee told ESPN. "Physically, he's an incredible athlete. Mentally, I mean, the instincts he has, how he works, the work ethic, it's a matter of time before he's dominating. It's going to be fun to watch."
Smith is anticipating his first NFL snaps this September as he recovered from a torn ACL in January, 2016, while playing his final college football game. He missed all of last season.
Lee called Smith "the nicest guy around." It's just all love and hugs in the Cowboys dressing room:
"He is the nicest guy around, and his attitude through this entire thing was incredible. If he had a bad day, you never saw it. You never saw it at the facility. He was always infectious."
"And I've been in that situation where, you know, you're six months in, all you want to do is play football and it's hard to take. You start to get gloomy, start to get frustrated, he never did that."
"And you see him now - what happens is the transition becomes easier because he has a mental year under his belt. Physically he doesn't, but mentally, he went through every gameplan. He studied every week. He got ready for games mentally, and he played them out in his head. So, when he comes out here now, he's making it look seamless because of that."
And finally, how close are the two in terms of a friendship? Take it away, Lee:
"Yeah, he's great. Like I said, the last two years, we started to bond. We have a great linebacker room when it comes to guys who like to practice the right way, help each other out. Everybody wants to see everybody in the room have success, and he's one of those guys."