Photo credit: Denver Post / Helen H. Richardson
Author: Jon Kuzma
One of the most feared pass rushers to ever play the game is calling it a career. Denver Broncos Defensive End DeMarcus Ware has notified fans that he is intending to walk away from pro football for good. Ware stated that “there are opportunities that are still tempting” but he ultimately stated his long term health as the reason he will retire. After 12 NFL seasons and 138.5 career sacks DeMarcus Ware will almost undoubtedly be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame someday. Ware not only was an outstanding player but he was a first class human being. While Terrell Owens has struggled to get in the Hall of Fame because of his poor attitude and despite his outstanding production. Ware on the other hand will be coveted by the voters because he did everything he could to maintain a superior level of integrity. Ware received some much positive feedback from former teammates and football insiders. Aqib Talib, Jerry Jones, and John Elway all raved about Ware, their testimonies tell the story of a player who has as much respect as any player in the league. A very high compliment when you consider all the competitors this league has to offer. Ware’s best season came in 2008 when he was a member of the Dallas Cowboys. Ware recorded 84 tackles, and 20 sacks that year absolutely terrorizing opposing quarterbacks. By the time Ware got to Denver his output had dropped a little but he still remained viable pass rusher. In 2015 during the Broncos push to their 3rd Vince Lombardi Trophy Ware recorded 3.5 sacks in the postseason alone. He also help mentor Von Miller and the other younger players on that defense. So this is a big hit for Denver but it’s still a celebration for Ware. We have to honor his prolific career one that produced 9 Pro Bowls when it was all said and done. Thank you for your contributions DeMarcus Ware the league is better off for having you.
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