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Cowboys EXCLUSIVE: Sean Lee Humorously Reveals Next Career Move - 'Beach Bum'

Of course, he might "walk back.'' But Megan and Sean Lee do love spending their offseason time traveling - including, it is now presumed, to the beach.

FRISCO - Megan and Sean Lee love football. But now that the long-time defensive leader is retiring after 11 years with the Dallas Cowboys, the two-time Pro Bowl linebacker is revealing to me his pursuit of another love.

"Right now,'' Lee tells me, "I'm just being a beach bum.''

Lee, 34, on Monday announced his retirement, writing in a letter to Cowboys Nation, "For 11 seasons, I was privileged to wear the Cowboys star. We want to play forever. But today, it's my time to walk away.''

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Of course, he might "walk back.'' But Megan and Sean do love spending their offseason time traveling, enjoying California - including, it is now presumed, the beaches of California.

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Eventually - and maybe soon - the lure of football will come back to him. He's lived a football life, a second-round pick out of Penn State who entered the NFL with injury concerns and never quite exited that, making back-to-back Pro Bowls and being voted an All-Pro in 2016 and making a name for himself as a model Cowboy.

But, as he wrote, "Whenever I'm near a field, the smell brings me back to when I first started playing, pulling on a helmet, trying on those shoulder pads, that perfect tackle. To think of the journey now, experiencing things I never thought possible with the men and women who make this game what it is, I'm beyond grateful.''

Lee - a playmaker who in addition to being one of Dallas' all-time tackles leaders recorded 14 interceptions, scored two TDs and had 30 passes defended - will probably smell that smell again. He's talked often about going into coaching, and the Cowboys would be wise to keep him in the building in that regard.

Has a decision been made there?

"I'm not sure yet,'' Sean Lee tells me, reinforcing the point that "as of now, I've just been a beach bum.''

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