DeMarcus Ware
American football player
DeMarcus Ware
DeMarcus Ware is an American football linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted with the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft out of Troy University. In 2009, Ware was listed as the best 3-4 outside linebacker by Sporting News and has been described as "the most dynamic defender in the league right now" by ESPN.
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Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware announces his retirement
LATimes - 16 days
Two-time NFL sacks leader DeMarcus Ware announced his decision to retire Monday on Twitter. “It's time,” wrote Ware, who played 12 seasons with Dallas and Denver and won Super Bowl 50 with the Broncos. Drafted 11th overall by the Cowboys in 2005, Ware made seven straight Pro Bowls from 2006-12....
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Cowboys a potential option for Adrian Peterson, DeMarcus Ware
ABC News - about 2 months
When Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was asked last month to name teams he would consider joining to? finish his career if he leaves Minnesota, he mentioned the Texans, Buccaneers and Giants. But there is a belief in league circles that the Dallas Cowboys?could also be in play for the potential free agent, according to league sources. One league source said that if the Vikings and Peterson could not agree on a restructured contract, the Cowboys could be an option. Linebacker DeMarcus Ware also is leaving the door open to play next season in Dallas, where he spent the first nine seasons of his standout career. Ware, 34, still feels strongly about the Broncos, but Dallas also holds a special spot for him. Ware still owns a home in the Dallas area, his two children live there, and it would be a fitting, full-circle way to finish a career that has seen Ware voted to nine Pro Bowls and rack up.. ...
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NFL-National Football League roundup
Yahoo News - 3 months
Denver Broncos outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware has a ruptured disc in his back and will undergo surgery on Friday, Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Thursday. Ware was also officially placed on the injured reserve list. The news that Ware, a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, requires back surgery suggests his time with the Broncos may be over, since he becomes a free agent in the offseason.
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2 arrested in theft of Super Bowl ring from Broncos star
Yahoo News - 5 months
DENVER (AP) — Police say two men have been arrested on suspicion of breaking into the home of Denver Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware and stealing his Super Bowl 50 ring.
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Broncos' Ware suffers arm fracture
Yahoo News - 6 months
(Reuters) - Denver Broncos Pro Bowl linebacker DeMarcus Ware broke his right arm near his elbow during his team's win against Indianapolis on Sunday, coach Gary Kubiak has said. Ware left the game early in the third quarter and did not return as the Broncos went on to defeat the Colts 34-20. Ware, 34, is a nine-time Pro Bowl player and key member of the defense which led the team to the Super Bowl last season.
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2016 NFL Contenders And Pretenders
Huffington Post - 7 months
The 2016 NFL season has yet to kick off, which means it’s the perfect time to decide which preseason darlings are for real, and which are simply hype trains heading nowhere. There’s buzz around Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension, and chatter regarding a much healthier Green Bay offense. And can we really trust Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer and Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton during crunch time, considering their suspect playoff history?  Let the fun begin.  "This is the biggest of the bold!" @Schultz_Report on predicting @RGIII being the comeback player of the year — GMFB (@gmfb) August 23, 2016 To read my five predictions for this season, click here. To read about 20 breakout stars, click here. New England Patriots ― Contenders  Brady will miss four games, but the Patriots appear to be in good hands with third-year quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who will assume control of the offense in Brady’s absenc ...
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Broncos Linebacker DeMarcus Ware Returns to Practice
NYTimes - 7 months
Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware returned to practice on a limited basis Tuesday with the plan to have him ready for the season opener against Carolina.
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DeMarcus Ware Gave an Epic Speech on Eve of AFC Championship
NYTimes - about 1 year
Before playing the game of his life, DeMarcus Ware gave a speech that inspired his Broncos teammates on the eve of their beat-down of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
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Manning, Ware Return for Rematch With Brady, Patriots
NYTimes - about 1 year
Peyton Manning and DeMarcus Ware watched the previous New England-Denver game from an equipment room at Sports Authority Field on a snowy November night two months ago.
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Ware Lifts Broncos Past Bengals 20-17 in Overtime
NYTimes - about 1 year
DeMarcus Ware put the clamps on the loose football and punched Denver's ticket to the playoffs.
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NFL-National Football League roundup
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Manning is suffering from a torn plantar fascia in his left foot and Brock Osweiler will start in his place. There isn't yet a timetable for Manning's return and the team wants him focused on his rehabilitation. Outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware also isn't making the trip to Chicago as he deals with a back injury.
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Denver Broncos Draft Review
isports web - almost 2 years
Draft picks always represent the future of the team, to some degree, but for a team with obvious championship aspirations for 2015, it was curious to see the top few picks being made with an obvious eye towards future seasons, possibly to the detriment of the immediate future. However, that is not to say that the Broncos’ draft class won’t be able to immediately contribute in some meaningful ways. Let’s run down the picks: First Round, Pick 23 (trade with DET) – Shane Ray, Missouri, OLB Ray is an interesting pick for a team with the pass-rushing talent that the Broncos currently have. With DeMarcus Ware on one side and Von Miller on the other, outside linebacker was one of Denver’s bright spots in 2014. However, Ware is 34, and Miller is an unrestricted free agent after the season, so this bright spot could become a lot murkier in 12 months. Shane Ray John Elway made a shrewd move to move up the board and grab a talent that had been mocked as high as 6th in some places. Ray i ...
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Miller, Ware excited about additions of Phillips, Smith
USA Today - almost 2 years
DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller figure their sacks totals are going to jump in 2015           
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My Journey Down NFL Super Bowl Boulevard XLVIII - Part 1 of 6
CNN - about 3 years
You can see my entire set of photos from NFL Super Bowl 48 (XLVIII) Boulevard on my photo blog gallery Here. I had the opportunity to visit New York City’s Times Square for the NFL’s Super Bowl 48 (XLVIII) Boulevard, an amazing event for fans of professional football, sports fans in general, and anyone just looking to have a great time. There are events for both adults and children, most of which are completely free. NFL players have been signing autographs since the event began on Wednesday, January 29th, and will continue to sign through today. I’m on line for Cleveland Browns football great Jim Brown, who went on star in two of my favorite cult classic movies for the 1970s - Take A Hard Ride and Three the Hard Way - both of which he co-starred with martial artists, actors and fellow athletes Jim Kelly and Fred Williamson. When I visited Times Square for the NFL’s Super Bowl 48 (XLVIII) Boulevard on Thursday, I saw Steve Young from the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers & San Francis ...
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Cowboys DE Ware out again with thigh injury, Vikings QB Freeman still sidelined by concussion
Fox News - over 3 years
Dallas defensive end DeMarcus Ware will miss his third straight game with a thigh injury, and Minnesota quarterback Josh Freeman is out for a second week with a concussion.
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Dez Bryant Had 1 Stellar Touchdown Catch, 2 Epic Tantrums In Cowboys' Loss To Lions (VIDEOS/GIF)
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
The Dez Bryant Experience included a little bit of everything on Sunday. The Dallas Cowboys' dynamic wide receiver produced an incredible one-handed touchdown catch but was also involved in two fiery, sideline spats with teammates. In the second quarter, Bryant rose over a trio of Lions defenders and pulled down a 5-yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo using just his left hand. The score staked Dallas to an early 10-7 lead over Detroit. This impressive effort showcased the physical prowess that made Bryant a first-round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma State. Unfortunately for Bryant and the Cowboys, this jaw-dropping grab would not be the highlight everyone was still talking about after the game. It wouldn't be Bryant's second touchdown grab either because Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford plunged into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown with just 12 seconds remaining after a fake spike. Potentially worse for the Cowboys, this catch won't even t ...
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Cowboys inactive against Lions: RB DeMarco Murray, DE DeMarcus Ware, WR Miles Austin
Fox News - over 3 years
The Dallas Cowboys are without running back DeMarco Murray, defensive end DeMarcus Ware and receiver Miles Austin at Detroit.
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NFL Week 8 Football Picks
Huffington Post - over 3 years
While one wouldn't seriously suggest making one's Week 8 NFL picks using a dartboard, football predictions for the 2013 season have proven best made using the SAT method: make your choice and don't second-guess yourself by referring to facts. Okay, maybe that last part isn't recommended when filling in the circles that will determine one's collegiate future. However, this is the NFL season when sticking with the generally acknowledged better team has held true -- the recent Jets win notwithstanding. So, stop stressing and concentrate on getting the most enjoyment out of your Sunday (and Thursday and Monday) viewing experience. Those of us who love football need to pause and remember with gratitude Titans owner Bud Adams, one of the founders of the AFL, and longtime Oilers coach Bum Phillips. Both gentlemen passed away in their 90's last week. Mr. Adams made arrangements in his will for the team to remain in the family and Mr. Phillips' contributions continue through his son Wade, defe ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of DeMarcus Ware
  • 2016
    Age 33
    On April 19, 2016, the governor of Alabama declared April 19 "DeMarcus Ware Day" in his honor.
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  • 2012
    Age 29
    The NFL Top 100 for 2012 ranked Ware as the best rusher, best linebacker, 2nd overall defensive player behind defensive back Darrelle Revis (number 5 overall) and the 6th overall player in the NFL.
    More Details Hide Details Ware is the second fastest player ever to reach 100+ sacks (Reggie White is the fastest) and the 29th player in history to do so. Ware recorded 28 multiple-sack games and 32 forced fumbles as a member of the Dallas Cowboys, both most in club history. Ware has ranked in the top three in total sacks league-wide in 4 out of 5 seasons (3rd place in 2007, 1st place in 2008, 7th place in 2009, 1st place in 2010, 2nd place in 2011).
    In 2012, analyst Daniel Jeremiah ranked Ware as the best edge pass rusher in the league and a "top-five player in the NFL, regardless of position".
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    Pete Prisco, CBS Sports Senior NFL Columnist, ranked Ware as the 3rd best player in the NFL (behind Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady) going into the 2012 season and as the best defensive player in the NFL.
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    As of the end of the 2012 season, Ware has recorded 10+ sacks in 7 straight seasons.
    More Details Hide Details Only 2 other players in NFL history have more consecutive seasons with 10+ sacks: Reggie White (9), John Randle (8)
    At the end of the 2012 season, Ware finished with 11.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and was selected to his 7th Pro Bowl and was named to the 2nd All-Pro team.
    More Details Hide Details Ware was unable to play in the Pro Bowl after his off-season shoulder surgery. He endured a difficult season having to deal with a hamstring he tore in training camp, a fractured right wrist and losing mobility on his right arm in the last three games, because of a hyperextended elbow and a torn labrum that forced him to use an elbow and shoulder harness. Due to the Cowboys switch to the 4-3 from the 3-4, under new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, DeMarcus moved to defensive end, along with Anthony Spencer, who started his NFL career opposite Ware at left side linebacker, but was a defensive end at college. Under Kiffin's system, Ware was able to dedicate himself as a pass-rusher. Despite becoming a pure pass rusher, on his first play as a defensive end, Ware picked off Giants quarterback Eli Manning. In week 3 against the St. Louis Rams, he became the Cowboys' all-time sack leader, surpassing Harvey Martin's 30-year-old record of 114.
    Ware was selected to the 2012 Pro Bowl as a starter and voted to the All-Pro team again.
    More Details Hide Details On the season opener against the defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants at MetLife Stadium, Ware recorded 2 sacks against Eli Manning to reach 101.5 sacks for his career. With these two sacks Ware became the 2nd fastest player (113 games) to reach 100 sacks behind Reggie White (96 games) while also becoming just the 29th player in NFL history to reach 100 or more sacks.
  • 2011
    Age 28
    Ware finished second in the NFL in total sacks for 2011 behind Jared Allen who posted 22. sacks.
    More Details Hide Details Jason Babin finished third and Jason Pierre-Paul fourth with 18. and 16.5 sacks respectively.
    On October 30, 2011, Ware recorded a career-high 4 sacks against the Philadelphia Eagles in a 34-7 loss.
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    In 2011, Ware had 19.5 sacks, 47 tackles, 2 pass deflections, and 2 forced fumbles.
    More Details Hide Details Ware ended the season only half sack away from both becoming the first player in NFL history to post multiple 20+ sack seasons and becoming the 29th player in NFL history to reach 100+ career sacks. Ware was also 2.5 sacks shy of becoming the first player ever to lead the league in sacks three times. Earlier in the season, Ware was on pace to pass Michael Strahan's sack record of 22.5 sacks in a season but fell short.
  • 2010
    Age 27
    In 2010, they had a son, DeMarcus Ware, Jr. DeMarcus and Taniqua divorced in 2012.
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  • 2009
    Age 26
    He made his fourth consecutive appearance in the Pro Bowl as a starter in 2009, after leading the Cowboys with 11. sacks, a career-high 45 pressures, and five forced fumbles.
    More Details Hide Details He was also named to the First All-Pro team. Ware recorded 15.5 sacks and led the NFL in that category for the second time in three seasons. He also made his fifth straight Pro Bowl and garnered another All-Pro nomination. By leading the NFL in sacks for the second time, Ware tied the record for most seasons leading the league in sacks with two. He tied Mark Gastineau, 1983–84; Reggie White, 1987–88; Kevin Greene, 1994, 1996; Michael Strahan, 2001, 2003 and Jared Allen, 2007, 2011.
    In 2009, Ware was listed as the best 3-4 outside linebacker by Sporting News In October, Ware signed a six-year, $78 million contract, putting him among the top-five highest paid defenders in the NFL.
    More Details Hide Details Two months later, Ware suffered a neck injury and was taken off the field by a cart while playing against the San Diego Chargers. The injury was diagnosed later as a sprained neck. He was taken to the hospital for further tests, but was released the next day. He came back to play the very next week, against the then-undefeated New Orleans Saints, and recorded two sack-fumbles, including the one that ended the Saints' chances at a comeback. For this performance, he was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
  • 2008
    Age 25
    Ware ended the 2008 season with 84 tackles, 9 tackles for a loss, 6 forced fumbles, and 2 passes defended.
    More Details Hide Details Ware was named NFC Defensive Player of the Year by Kansas City Committee as well as NFL Alumni Pass Rusher of the Year. Ware also became the first recipient of the professional Butkus Award. Ware finished the season as the league leader in sacks for the first time in his career. Joey Porter finished second on the list with 17.5 sacks and John Abraham third with 16.5 sacks.
    In the 2008 matchup against the St. Louis Rams, Ware tied the NFL record of former Denver Broncos linebacker Simon Fletcher for recording a sack in ten straight games.
    More Details Hide Details Ware was selected to his third consecutive Pro Bowl after pacing the league, establishing an official club record and tying Derrick Thomas for sixth in league history with 20 sacks.
  • 2007
    Age 24
    Ware broke out with his 2007 season, leading new Cowboys' Head Coach Wade Phillips to call him the best outside linebacker in the league.
    More Details Hide Details Ware became the second Cowboy ever to record at least 14 sacks in a season, since Jim Jeffcoat in 1986. Ware also led the team in quarterback pressures (27), tackles for losses (8), and forced fumbles (4) while finishing with 80 tackles. Ware made his second straight Pro Bowl along with 12 other teammates. He was also selected to the All-Pro team for the second straight year along with teammates, Terrell Owens and Jason Witten. Ware finished tied for 3rd in the league behind Patrick Kerney (14.5 sacks) and Jared Allen (15.5 sacks).
  • 2006
    Age 23
    In 2006, Ware ended the regular season with a team-high 11.5 sacks, the most ever by a Cowboys linebacker.
    More Details Hide Details This total broke Anthony Dickerson’s record of 10.5 from 1983. He added 73 tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception, both returned for a touchdown. Ware was named a starter on the NFC Pro Bowl team and was also named Second-team All-Pro by The Associated Press. In Week 6 against division rival Eagles, Ware had a memorable moment with his 69-yard fumble return for his first NFL touchdown. He recorded his first career interception against Michael Vick in a match against Atlanta Falcons and returned it for a 41-yard touchdown. Ware tied for 9th in the league in total sacks and Shawne Merriman led the league with 17 sacks.
  • 2005
    Age 22
    In March 2005, Ware married his high school sweetheart, Taniqua Smith, a former Air Force member and the daughter of a police officer. After three difficult pregnancies—including the birth and death of a son, Omar, in 2006—they adopted their daughter, Marley.
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    A defensive end at Troy, Ware was considered a "tweener DE/OLB prospect" by most scouts. He was supposed to be a perfect fit as rush linebacker in 3-4 defense prior the 2005 NFL Draft and was projected to go early in the second round by Sports Illustrated.
    More Details Hide Details Prospect Marcus Spears was considered by head coach Bill Parcells to be the key to the team's eventual move to a 3-4 defense and wanted to take him with the first selection (11th overall pick). Owner/GM Jerry Jones overruled Parcells and selected Ware instead, who the team thought would not be available later in the draft. Spears was selected by the Cowboys with the 20th overall pick. Ware also was credited with a 430-pound bench press, a 570-pound squat and a 360-pound power clean. In his NFL debut against San Diego Chargers Ware posted three tackles, one for a loss, and a quarterback pressure. The Cowboys won the game 28-24. In a match against San Francisco in Week 3, he recorded his first sack bringing down Tim Rattay. Ware earned the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month award for October after recording 16 tackles, three sacks, and seven quarterback pressures to help Dallas go 3-2. In Week 16, Ware recorded three sacks and three forced fumbles in a match against the Carolina Panthers. For that performance, Ware was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week and the Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Week. He also tied the Cowboys record for most sacks in a single game, held by Randy White. He finished with 58 total tackles, 14 tackles for losses and three forced fumbles. He tied Greg Ellis for a team-best eight sacks and joined Jimmie Jones as the only rookies to ever lead or tie for the Dallas Cowboys' team lead in sacks.
  • 2004
    Age 21
    In 2004, he helped lead his team to the school's first-ever bowl appearance, the Silicon Valley Football Classic.
    More Details Hide Details He posted 53 tackles, 10.5 sacks (led the Sun Belt Conference), 19 tackles for loss and 4 forced fumbles. He finished his college career with 27.5 sacks, 201 tackles, 74 quarterback hurries, ten forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, and one interception. His 27.5 sacks rank second in school history for sacks in a career, and his 55.5 tackles for losses rank first in school history. Ware was named to the Sun Belt Conference All-Decade Team. In 2012, he was inducted into the Troy University Sports Hall of Fame. In 2014, he was inducted into the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame.
  • 1982
    Ware was born on July 31, 1982, in Auburn, Alabama.
    More Details Hide Details Ware played football, basketball, baseball, and ran track in high school; he attended Auburn High School (with defensive end Osi Umenyiora and linebacker Marcus Washington). In football, Ware played both linebacker and wide receiver, and as a senior, he won every game, and was named the team's Most Valuable Wide Receiver and Most Valuable Linebacker, and won Top Leadership honors. He finished his senior season with seven sacks and 55 total tackles (40 solo tackles, 15 assisted tackles). In track & field, Ware was one of the state's top performers in the long jump (PB of 7.14 meters). He ran the 55 metres in 6.74 seconds, and had a personal-best jump of 1.94 meters in the high jump. Ware accepted a scholarship from Troy University, where he was a two-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection for the Troy Trojans football team.
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