Cowboys add Leon Lett as assistant coach

The Dallas Cowboys have bulked up their coaching staff by adding Leon Lett to work with the defensive line.

Lett has three Super Bowl rings from his playing days, and he will work as an assistant under defensive line coach Brian Baker, according to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News. The idea is Lett can help bring along some of the young players. He spent last summer with the club as part of the NFL’s Minority Coaching Fellowship Program.

Lett played 10 seasons and made one Pro Bowl in his career. Since finishing his playing career, Lett earned a degree from UNLV. He’ll also be able to teach young defensive players not to showboat before they reach the end zone on fumble returns. That happened to him in Super Bowl XXVII.

He’ll also be able to warn them about the pitfalls of attempting to recover a blocked field goal as he did in the 1993 Thanksgiving Day game against the Miami Dolphins after a 41-yard field goal was blocked. Lett muffed the attempt to recover the ball and it allowed the Dolphins to kick a game-winning field goal.

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