DeMarcus Ware - Photo: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images
After 12 years in the NFL, including the last three with the Denver Broncos, linebacker DeMarcus Ware is retiring. He tweeted a note stating his intention on Monday. He was a key part of the Broncos' run to the Super Bowl 50 championship.
Thank you, DeMarcus, for everything you have meant to the Broncos and the NFL!
It's time .... pic.twitter.com/qlXpcNn12b— D-Ware (@DeMarcusWare) March 13, 2017
DeMarcus - you are the epitome of what an NFL player should be.— John Elway (@johnelway) March 13, 2017
Congrats on your Hall of Fame career & thank you for becoming a Bronco! https://t.co/J7POS7P4aD
Congrats on a great career!!! We gone miss you fam!!! It's been an honor and a privilege to play… https://t.co/pbpwXkDYfl— AqibTalib21 (@AqibTalib21) March 13, 2017
Congrats D Ware! World class person, teammate, leader and friend! https://t.co/YOh4xMinCZ— Trevor Siemian (@TrevorSiemian) March 13, 2017
See you in Canton. https://t.co/htfhDI76GR— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) March 13, 2017
Ware and Von Miller proved to be quite a tandem for the Broncos' defense. Check out some of their highlights.
In 2011, DeMarcus shared his touching family story with ESPN's E:60.
BRONCOS OLB DEMARCUS WARE ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT FROM NFL
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware, a nine-time Pro Bowl selection and member of the 2000s All-Decade Team, informed the team of his retirement from the National Football League on Monday, it was announced.
“DeMarcus Ware is the epitome of what you want an NFL player to be,” Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway said. “He was a tremendous player in this league, a tremendous leader in the locker room and a great ambassador in the community.
“When DeMarcus became a Bronco three years ago, he was a big piece that helped get us over the top—an elite pass rusher who brought much needed leadership to our entire team. DeMarcus joined the Broncos on a mission to win a World Championship. When you look at how he played during our Super Bowl 50 run, you saw how much he wanted to win a Super Bowl and how he helped lift our team to a World Championship by coming up big in key moments, especially in the playoffs.
“We’re all fortunate to have DeMarcus finish his career in a Denver Broncos uniform. We thank him for everything he did as a player and in the community, and we look forward to celebrating his Hall of Fame induction.”
Ware played 12 seasons in the NFL, including nine years (2005-13) with Dallas and his final three (2014-16) with the Broncos. He was selected by the Cowboys with the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft from Troy University.
During his career, Ware appeared in 178 regular-season games (173 starts) and totaled 795 tackles (510 solo), 138.5 sacks (883 yds.), three interceptions (44 yds.), 20 passes defensed, 35 forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries. In eight postseason starts, he recorded 32 tackles (18 solo), 7.5 sacks (66 yds.), one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Ware retires in eighth place on the NFL’s all-time sack list with 138.5 career quarterback takedowns. Among players who appeared in 100 or more contests, his 0.78 sacks per game trail only Pro Football Hall of Famers Reggie White (0.85) and Lawrence Taylor (0.79) since sacks became an official statistic in 1982.
He registered double-digit sack totals in eight of his 12 seasons, including league-leading marks in 2008 (20.0) and 2010 (15.5)—one of five players in NFL history (since 1982) to lead the league in sacks on multiple occasions.
Ware’s nine Pro Bowls (seven with Dallas, 2006-12; two with Denver, 2014-15) were the most in the NFL among active defensive players at the time of his retirement. He also received first-team All-Pro recognition from the Associated Press on four occasions (2007-09, ’11) in addition to second-team All-Pro honors three times (2006, ’10, ’12).
After nine seasons in Dallas, where he totaled a franchise-record 117 sacks and made seven Pro Bowls, he signed with Denver in 2014. He started 33-of-36 regular-season games played for the team, totaling 81 tackles (61 solo) and 21.5 sacks (136 yds.) while making consecutive Pro Bowls from 2014-15. Ware opened all four playoff contests he appeared in for the Broncos, including his remarkable postseason run with the team in 2015 (10 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 1 FF) that helped Denver win Super Bowl 50.
In addition to being a Broncos Community Champion Award winner in 2014, Ware was recognized as the recipient of the Darrent Williams Good Guy Award in 2016 given annually to the Bronco who best exemplifies Williams’ enthusiasm, cooperation and honesty while dealing with members of the press.