Sean Lee spent five seasons with Joe Paterno at Penn State, including a medical redshirt year, before the Cowboys took him in the second round of the 2010 draft. The Cowboys released the following statement from the linebacker after Paterno's death Sunday.
Coach Paterno had a great impact on my life, not only as a player, but as a person. He coached with an incredible amount of passion and integrity, and I am very proud to have played for one of the greatest coaches in sports. My prayers go out to him and his family. Thank you Coach Paterno for the profound impact you had. You will never be forgotten.