On Monday afternoon, March 13th 2017, one of the most dominant defenders in NFL history announced his retirement from the National Football Association. DeMarcus Ware is finally hanging up his cleats.
Bob Lily, Randy White, Darren Woodson, Charles Haley, and Deion Sanders all sported the Cowboys’ star on their helmets at one point or throughout their entire careers but Ware stood above the rest. Consistency is huge in any sport, and the Auburn, Alabama native is the prime example of it. Recording 10+ sacks in seven straight seasons in Dallas, only two other players in NFL history have more consecutive seasons with 10+ sack: Reggie White (9) and John Randle (8).
In the Cowboys’ 3-4 defensive run, the Troy prospect was nothing short of dominant and unstoppable. After finishing his college career with 27.5 sacks, 201 tackles, 10 forced fumbles and one interception, Ware was taken 11th overall in the 2005 NFL draft. His dominance was immediately displayed after finishing his rookie season as the team leader in sacks, tying with Greg Ellis, and joining Jimmie Jones as the only rookies to lead or tie for team sacks for the Cowboys.
By the end of the his eight year stint in Dallas, Demarcus Ware was (still, to this day) the Dallas Cowboys all-time leader in sacks with 117 and all-time leader in forced fumbles with 32. Again, consistency is key in the world of sports and not only does it make “D-Ware” a Dallas Cowboy, but it also makes him the most dominant defender in franchise history.