After leading the Denver Broncos to a Championship in Super Bowl 50 and having back to back injuries last season, DeMarcus Ware decides to call it quits and enjoy the retirement lifestyle.
“After a lot of thought and prayer, I’ve decided to accept the unknown and retire from my NFL career,” Ware wrote on Twitter. “Tempting opportunities still present themselves for me to play and I feel better than I have in years. However, long-term health and quality of life outweigh the spark and passion to play that I once had.”
“With that, I take this opportunity to thank all of the people in my life who had a hand in molding me into a great player and the God fearing man I am today. I thank the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos for opportunities to experience what greatness feels like.”
On the field, Ware was an aggressive beast that played with heart, soul, passion, and gave 200% effort every play.
His career started with the Cowboys and he gave the Cowboys’ organization something that was special. His talent was something that reminded you of the iconic Lawrence Taylor. He had the ability to use his power and speed on the edge to get turnovers or sacks. He was a game changer for both of the teams that he played for.
He was named the Defensive Player of the Year in 2008 when he recorded a league-leading 20 sacks. He also led the league in sacks in 2010. During his career, he had 138.5 sacks, which is the eighth-best total in NFL history. His 0.78 sacks per game rank third behind Reggie White’s 0.85, and Lawrence Taylor’s 0.79.
Even though Ware’s health was decreasing and he was injured, he was still feared on the field. In his 3 year stint with the Broncos, Ware had 654 tackles and 3 interceptions.
Individuals have stated that Ware will be in the conversation aboutHall of Famer status in the next five years.