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— D-Ware (@DeMarcusWare) March 13, 2017
NFL.com One of the premier pass rushers of the past decade is calling it a career. Free agent DeMarcus Ware announced Monday that he is retiring from football at age 34. “After a lot of thought and prayer, I’ve decided to accept the unknown and retire from my NFL career,” Ware wrote on Twitter. “Tempting opportunities still present themselves for me to play and I feel better than I have in years. However, long term health and quality of life outweigh the spark and passion to play that I once had. “With that, I take this opportunity to thank all of the people in my life who had a hand in molding me into a great player and the God fearing man I am today. I thank the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos for opportunities to experience what greatness feels like.” Ware finishes his 12-year career with 138.5 sacks, the eighth-most in NFL history. Every retired player in the top 10 has been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Ware should join their ranks once he’s eligible for the vote in five years. Among all players with a minimum of 100 games played, Ware’s 0.78 sacks per game rank third behind only Reggie White’s 0.85 and Lawrence Taylor’s 0.79.
One of the greatest pass rushers in NFL history is calling it quits, DeMarcus Ware is retiring after 12 NFL seasons, he will finish his career eighth all-time in sacks and a surefire Hall Of Famer. DeMarcus Ware did it all, he led the NFL in sacks twice (2008, 2010), was the NFC Defensive Player of the Year (2008) and of course won Super Bowl 50 as a member of the Denver Broncos. Ware had missed eleven games over the last two seasons due to injury, and the Broncos have Shane Ray ready to step into a larger role opposite Von Miller, it is a good time for DeMarcus Ware to call it a legendary career.