DeMarcus Ware’s upcoming season has came to an end before it started. He did not suffer an injury that will sideline him for a year, or get penalized with a ban. He did not get traded off to another team either.
Ware just made his own decision, and he will not be available to play next season for the Denver Broncos. He announced that he will be retiring, according to Bleacher Report. After 12 seasons playing in the NFL, there will be no thirteenth.
He revealed his plans to retire Monday on Twitter. Through his career, he has emerged into one of the best pass-rushers around. His last season was far from perfect, it was injury plagued.
For the first ten years of his career, DeMarcus Ware missed just three games. He missed 11 in 2015, and 2016. Last season he missed his final game in Week 17 due to back injury which led to him being placed on the injury reserve.
Retiring likely was not an overnight decision made by Ware. Other teams are already attempting to bid at him if he has any second thoughts. One of them is the Dallas Cowboys but not long-term. They reached out to Ware expressing interest in signing him to a one-day contract, which would mean he would retire as a Cowboy.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spoke on Ware, and had nothing but great things to say. Jones said, Ware was everything the team could have wanted in a player, ever. As a person and a representative of the team. He was, at his position, one of the most dominant players in the league in his era, and he was one of the most dynamic in the history of the Cowboys. He went on to wish Was and his family the best and thanked him for his time with the Cowboys and in the NFL.
Jones may of hit the nail directly on the head with his words to describe Ware and his career. It may only make sense why Jones has so many positive things to say. Ware said Dallas is where everything started for him. He spent nine years of his career playing for them.
Over the course of his Cowboys’ career, Ware had seven All-Pro selections. He is also the Cowboys all-time leader in sacks by 22.5. Among other accomplishments, he was named NFC Defensive Player of the Year award during his 2008 campaign, when he recorded 20 sacks and matched a career high with 84 total tackles.
With the Denver Broncos, he did not set as many of his personal records, but he still completed a lot with that team, including helping them win the Super Bowl in 2015. Ware also earned two Pro Bowl berths in his first two seasons with the Broncos. Since Manning retiring, Ware may be the second biggest void that the Broncos will be left with filling in.
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Commentary By Cody Macleod