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It’s Thanksgiving: We Ready To Forgive Leon Lett?

Richie Whitt, CBSDFW.COM
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Back in September I got this letter, from “The Desk of Leon Lett.”

Interested, go oooonnnn…

Even though I have three Super Bowl rings, made two Pro Bowl appearances and recorded 22 sacks during my 10-year NFL career, I’m only remembered for two mistakes. Including one monumental mistake I committed on an icy Thanksgiving Day in Dallas.

You know the blunder I’m talking about … I don’t need to remind you.

But I’m telling you that it wasn’t my fault. I was only doing what my coach asked.

To play hungry. I thought he meant to literally play hungry!

Gotta admit, I fell for it. Hook, line and Snickers.

For years Lett remained silent about showboating too soon and having a touchdown swatted away by Buffalo’s Don Beebe in Super Bowl XXVII and about his inexplicable attempt to recover a blocked field goal against the Dolphins in Texas Stadium the following season.

At Super Bowl XXVIII in Atlanta he started sweating profusely and literally ran from questions and off the field during Media Day. Now with his college degree and back in the game as assistant defensive line coach during Cowboys’ training camp, apparently he can now joke about both episodes.

Funny. Even cameos from former Cowboys’ teammates Darrin Smith, Russell Maryland and Chad Hennings.

From my point of view, yep Leon, all is forgiven.


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