DeMarcus Ware

DeMarcus Omar Ware (born July 31, 1982) is a former American football outside linebacker and defensive end. He played college football at Troy and was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys with the 11th overall pick in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft. After spending nine seasons with the Cowboys, Ware departed in 2013 as the franchise's all-time leader in quarterback sacks with 117. Ware then played three seasons for the Denver Broncos, with whom he won Super Bowl 50 over the Carolina Panthers. After the 2016 season with the Broncos, he announced his retirement from the NFL. In 2017, he signed a one-day contract with Dallas to retire as a Cowboy. In 2018, the Broncos hired Ware as a pass-rush consultant.[1]

DeMarcus Ware
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Ware with the Denver Broncos in 2015
No. 94
Position:Outside linebacker
Defensive end
Personal information
Born:July 31, 1982 (age 36)
Auburn, Alabama
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:258 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High school:Auburn (Auburn, Alabama)
NFL Draft:2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Quarterback sacks:138.5
Forced fumbles:35
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Ware was born on July 31, 1982, in Auburn, Alabama. He attended Ogletree Elementary School. 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,[2] 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.[3]

College career

Ware accepted a scholarship from Troy University, where he was a two-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection for the Troy Trojans football team.

Ware became a starter at defensive end as a sophomore, and was a part of a defensive line that included future NFL player Osi Umenyiora. He posted 72 tackles (fifth on the team) and 19.5 tackles for loss. The next year, he registered 62 tackles, 16 tackles for a loss, 6 sacks, 32 quarterback hurries (led the team), 5 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries.

As a senior, Ware was a dominant player, receiving the Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year,[4] and was a finalist for the Hendricks Award, which is given annually to the top defensive end in college football. In 2004, he helped lead his team to the school's first-ever bowl appearance, the Silicon Valley Football Classic. He posted 53 tackles, 10.5 sacks (led the Sun Belt Conference), 19 tackles for loss and 4 forced fumbles.

Ware 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.

Professional career

2005 NFL Draft

A defensive end at Troy, Ware was considered a "tweener DE/OLB prospect" by most scouts.[5] He was supposed to be a perfect fit as rush linebacker in 3-4 defense prior the 2005 NFL Draft[6] and was projected to go early in the second round by Sports Illustrated.[7] 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/general manager 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.[8]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 4 in
(1.93 m)
251 lb
(114 kg)
4.65 s 1.70 s 2.75 s 4.07 s 6.83 s 38 12 in
(0.98 m)
10 ft 2 in
(3.10 m)
27 reps 20
All values from NFL Combine.[9][10][11]

Ware also was credited with a 430-pound bench press, a 570-pound squat, and a 360-pound power clean.[12]

Dallas Cowboys

2005 season

In his NFL debut against the San Diego Chargers, Ware posted three tackles, one for a loss, and one quarterback pressure. The Cowboys won the game 28-24. In a game 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 start the season with a 3-2 record. 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. Ware finished tied for 24th in the league in sacks in a year where Derrick Burgess led the league in sacks with 16.

2006 season

In 2006, Ware ended the regular season with a team-high 11.5 sacks, the most ever by a Cowboys linebacker. 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 career NFL touchdown. He recorded his first career interception against Michael Vick in a game against Atlanta Falcons and returned it for a 41-yard touchdown. Ware finished tied for ninth in the league in total sacks and Shawne Merriman led the league with 17 sacks.

2007 season

Ware broke out with his 2007 season, leading new Cowboys' head coach Wade Phillips to call him the best outside linebacker in the league. Ware became the second Cowboy ever to record at least 14 sacks in a season, since Jim Jeffcoat in 1986. Ware led the team with 27 quarterback pressures, eight tackles for losses, and four and forced fumbles 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 third in the league behind Patrick Kerney (14.5 sacks) and Jared Allen (15.5 sacks).

2008 season

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.[13] 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. Ware ended the 2008 season with 84 tackles, 9 tackles for a loss, six forced fumbles, and two passes defended. Ware was named NFC Defensive Player of the Year by Kansas City Committee as well as NFL Alumni Pass Rusher of the Year. Ware became the first recipient of the professional Butkus Award. Ware finished the 2008 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.[14]

2009 season

In 2009, Ware was listed as the best 3-4 outside linebacker by Sporting News[15] In October, Ware signed a six-year, $78 million contract, putting him among the top-five highest paid defenders in the NFL. 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.[16] 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 and an undefeated season. For this performance, he was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week. He made his fourth consecutive appearance in the Pro Bowl as a starter in 2009, after leading the Cowboys with 11.0 sacks, a career-high 45 pressures, and five forced fumbles. He was named to the First All-Pro team in recognition of his 2009 season.

2010 season

Ware recorded 15.5 sacks and led the NFL in that category for the second time in three seasons. He made a fifth straight Pro Bowl and garnered another All-Pro nomination. By leading the NFL in sacks for the second time in his career, 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.

2011 season

In 2011, Ware had 19.5 sacks, 47 tackles, two pass deflections, and two forced fumbles. 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. In addition, Ware was 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 ultimately fell short. On October 30, 2011, Ware recorded a career-high four sacks against the Philadelphia Eagles in a 34-7 loss. Ware finished second in the NFL in total sacks for the 2011 season behind Jared Allen who posted 22.0 sacks. Ware was selected to the 2012 Pro Bowl as a starter and voted to the All-Pro team again.[17]

2012 season

In the season opener against the defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants at MetLife Stadium, Ware recorded two sacks against Eli Manning to reach 101.5 sacks for his career. With these two sacks Ware became the second 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. At the end of the 2012 season, Ware finished with 11.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and was selected to his seventh Pro Bowl and was named to the Second All-Pro team. Ware was unable to play in the Pro Bowl after his off-season shoulder surgery.[18] 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.[19]

2013 season

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.[20] Under Kiffin's system, Ware was able to dedicate himself as a pass-rusher.[21] 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.[22]

After nine seasons with the Cowboys, Ware was released on March 11, 2014, making him a free agent for the first time in his career.[23]

Denver Broncos

2014 season

On March 12, 2014, one day following his release from the Cowboys, Ware signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Denver Broncos. The deal included $20 million in guaranteed money.[24] Ware started at right outside linebacker for the team. He played 16 games, of which he started 15, finishing the season with 41 tackles, 10 sacks, one interception, one pass defensed, and two forced fumbles. He received Pro Bowl honors in his first season with the Broncos.

2015 season

For the 2015 season, Ware was reunited with former head coach Wade Phillips as his defensive coordinator. The Broncos finished the season with the #1 defense and a 12-4 record. Ware posted 25 tackles and 7.5 sacks while playing in 11 of the regular season games, missing five games due to injury. In September, he earned AFC defensive player of the month honors. He was ranked 36th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.[25]

In the Divisional Round against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ware had 3 tackles, recovered a crucial fumble near the end of the game, and recorded the game winning sack to help the Broncos win 23-16. Ware advanced to the Conference Championship for the first time in his career. In the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots, Ware and the defense hit quarterback Tom Brady 27 times and placed pressure on him the entire game. The Broncos held on to win the game by a score of 20-18. On February 7, 2016, Ware was part of the Broncos team that won Super Bowl 50. In the game, the Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers by a score of 24–10.[26] Ware recorded five tackles and two sacks in the Super Bowl.[27]

2016 season

In a Week 1 Super Bowl 50 rematch against the Carolina Panthers, Ware recorded a team leading 1.5 sacks and helped the Broncos beat the Panthers by a score of 21-20. In Week 2 against the Colts, Ware left the game with an apparent arm injury as he was trying to bring down quarterback Andrew Luck. It was eventually revealed that there was an ulna fracture near the elbow. The injury required surgery with 4–5 weeks to recover.[28] Ware went on to play 10 games recording four sacks before having season-ending back surgery on December 28, 2016.[29]


On March 13, 2017, Ware announced his retirement from the NFL after 12 seasons and 138.5 sacks, through his Twitter account.[30][31]

On April 24, 2017, about a month after announcing his retirement from the NFL, Ware signed a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Dallas Cowboys, the team that drafted him.[32]

Awards, recognitions and other statistics

Ware is tied for the record of most seasons leading the league in sacks with two (2008 and 2010). Ware is tied with Mark Gastineau, 1983–84; Reggie White, 1987–88; Kevin Greene, 1994, 1996; Michael Strahan, 2001, 2003 and Jared Allen, 2007, 2011.

As of the end of the 2012 season, Ware recorded 10+ sacks in seven straight seasons. Only two other players in NFL history have more consecutive seasons with 10+ sacks: Reggie White (9), John Randle (8)[33]

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.[34] 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".[35] 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.

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, and 2nd place in 2011).

On April 19, 2016, the governor of Alabama declared April 19 "DeMarcus Ware Day" in his honor.[36]

Career statistics

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Solo Ast Sack Sfty Int Yds Lng TD PD FF FR Yds TD
2005 DAL 16 16 58 47 11 8.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0
2006 DAL 16 16 71 57 14 11.5 0 1 41 41 1 5 5 1 69 1
2007 DAL 16 16 84 60 24 14.0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 0 0 0
2008 DAL 16 16 84 69 15 20.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 1 0 0
2009 DAL 16 15 57 45 12 11.0 0 0 0 0 0 6 5 0 0 0
2010 DAL 16 16 66 56 10 15.5 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 22 1
2011 DAL 16 16 58 47 11 19.5 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 0
2012 DAL 16 16 56 33 23 11.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 0
2013 DAL 13 13 40 28 12 6.0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0
2014 DEN 16 15 40 33 7 10.0 0 1 3 3 0 1 2 0 0 0
2015 DEN 11 10 25 17 8 7.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
2016 DEN 10 8 15 9 6 4.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Career 178 173 654 501 153 138.5 0 3 44 44 1 25 35 8 91 2

Cowboys franchise records

  • All-time leader in sacks: 117
  • All-time leader in fumbles forced: 32

Personal life

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.[37] In 2010, they had a son, DeMarcus Ware, II.

Ware and Smith divorced in 2012.[38]

On September 12, 2018, Ware was announced as one of the celebrities who will compete on season 27 of Dancing with the Stars. His professional partner is Lindsay Arnold.[39]


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Ware is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Andre Ware, American football quarterback

Bruce A. Ware, American theological academic

Charles Eliot Ware (1814–1887), American physician

Charles Pickard Ware (1849–1921), American educator and folk music transcriber

Charles R. Ware, American naval officer

Charlie Ware (1900-1984), Irish hurler

Charlie Ware (1933-2013), Irish hurler

Caroline F. Ware, American historian and social scientist

Chris Ware, American cartoonist

Christopher Lee Ware, Male fashionista, scarf designer, creator of EAD

David S. Ware, American jazz saxophonist

DeMarcus Ware, American football player

Ed Ware, American district attorney

Edwin O. Ware, Sr., American clergyman and college founder

Fabian Ware, founder of British Imperial War Graves Commission

George Ware, American dendrologist

Harold Ware, American communist

Henry Ware (disambiguation), multiple people

Herta Ware, American actress and activist

Isaac Ware (1704-1766), English architect and translator of Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio

James Ware (disambiguation), multiple people

Jeff Ware (disambiguation), multiple people

Jeremy Ware, Canadian baseball player

Jessie Ware (born 1984), British singer

John Ware (cowboy), American-Canadian cowboy

John H. Ware, III, a US Representative from Pennsylvania

Jylan Ware (born 1993), American football player

Kallistos Ware, Bishop of Diokleia and Orthodox theologian

Keith L. Ware, U.S. Army Major General killed in Vietnam.

Kevin Ware (born 1993), American basketball player

Lancelot Ware, British barrister and MENSA founder

Leon Ware (1940–2017), American soul musician

Marilyn Ware (1943-2017), American diplomat

Martha Ware (1917-2009), American jurist and politician

Martyn Ware, British electronic musician

Mary Lee Ware (1858–1937), American philanthropist

Matt Ware, American football player

Michael Ware, Australian journalist

Mike Ware (ice hockey), Canadian ice hockey player

Mike Ware (photographer), chemist and alternative-process photographer

Nicholas Ware, American politician

Opoku Ware I, Ashanti King

Opoku Ware II, Ashanti King

Onzlee Ware, American politician from Virginia

Paul Ware, English footballer

Rick Ware, American racing driver

Riley Ware, American football player

Scott Ware, American football player

Sidney William Ware, Scottish soldier

Taylor Ware, American singer and yodeler

Teyon Ware, American amateur wrestler

Theron Ware, fictional character from The Damnation of Theron Ware

Tim Ware, American musician

Tom Mauchahty-Ware, Native American musician

Tommy Ware (1885–1915), English footballer

Wallace Ware, a pseudonym used by novelist and screenwriter David Karp

Wilbur Ware, American jazz bassist

William Ware, American novelist

William Robert Ware, American architect

DeMarcus Ware—awards, championships, and honors

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