Sep 22, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee (50) after the game against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys’ Sean Lee asked his wedding guests to donate to help a girl diagnosed with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex in lieu of gifts


Sometimes the negative things that happen involving athletes and sports get all the attention, while the positive stories don’t get nearly enough attention. Rainer Sabin, of the Dallas Morning Newshas an incredible story surrounding Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee and an incredible gesture he displayed on one of the most important days of his life.

Instead of accepting gifts at his weeding this offseason, Lee asked his guests to contribute to a fund for a young girl named Emma, a childhood friends’ daughter who was diagnosed with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex and had a tumor removed from her brain.

“Our goal was to help raise some money so she could get the best medical care possible for her, so she can live the life that she deserves,” Lee said.

In an era when athletes are sometimes viewed as un-loyal and always looking for the big payday, Lee’s gesture was a powerful reminder that not every athlete fits that stereotype. On one of the biggest days of his life, he turned down receiving numerous free gifts and instead used the occasion to help a friend and his daughter.

Props to Lee.

Tags: Dallas Cowboys

  • baronmwd

    Great story from a class act guy.