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DeMarcus Ware

DeMarcus against the Chiefs in a 2009 game.
No. 94     Dallas Cowboys
Outside linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: July 31, 1982 (1982-07-31) (age 27)
Place of birth: Auburn, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 262 lb (119 kg)
Career information
College: Troy
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11
Debuted in 2005 for the Dallas Cowboys
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2009
Tackles     353
Sacks     64.5
Forced Fumbles     23
Stats at NFL.com

DeMarcus Ware (born July 31, 1982 in Auburn, Alabama) is an American football linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He was drafted with the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft out of Troy University. Ware is considered the best 3-4 outside linebacker by Sporting News[1] and has been described as "the most dynamic defender in the league right now" by ESPN.[2]

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Early years

Ware played football, basketball, baseball, and ran track as a youth. In football, as a senior, he won every game,he was named the team Most Valuable Wide Receiver, team Most Valuable Linebacker, and the teams Top Leadership honors. He finished his senior season with seven sacks and 55 total tackles (40 solo tackles, 15 assisted tackles).

Ware and current New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora attended Auburn High School, as well as former Washington Redskins linebacker Marcus Washington. Ware, along with fellow pro-mates, annually attends a celebrity basketball game held at his high school. The event was started by Marcus Washington and has since grown into a very successful event that is greatly anticipated each year.

College career

Ware attended Troy University and was a two time All-Sun Belt Conference selection. He and Osi Umenyiora of the New York Giants were teammates. As a senior he was the league's Defensive Player of the Year,[3] and was a finalist for the Hendricks Award.

He finished his college career with 27.5 sacks, 195 tackles (57 for losses), 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 57 tackles for losses rank first in school history.

Professional career

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2005 NFL Draft

A defensive end at Troy, Ware was considered a "tweener DE/OLB prospect" by most scouts.[4] He was projected to go early in the second round of the draft by Sports Illustrated.[5] Ware was eventually drafted 11th overall by the Dallas Cowboys.

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40 yard 10-yd split 20-yd split 20ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-4 * 251 * 4.56 * 1.62 * 2.70 * 4.07 * 6.83 * 38½ * 10'07" * 27 * 20 *
* represents NFL Combine [6][7]

Ware also was credited with 430-pound bench press, a 570-pound squat and a 360-pound power clean.[8]

Dallas Cowboys

Ware was considered a perfect fit as rush linebacker in 3-4 defense prior the 2005 NFL Draft.[9] Then head coach Bill Parcells, attempting to switch Dallas′ base defense from a 4-3 to a 3-4, decided to draft Ware with the 11th overall pick.

In his 2005 rookie season, Ware recorded three sacks and three forced fumbles in a single game against the Carolina Panthers. He finished with 58 total tackles, 14 tackles for losses, eight sacks, and three forced fumbles.

In 2006 Ware ended the regular season with a team high 11.5 sacks with 71 tackles, a fumble recovery and interception, both returned for a touchdown, along with his first Pro Bowl nomination and his first All-Pro nomination.

Ware had a career-year in the 2007-2008 season. Head coach Wade Phillips had even gone so far as 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. 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.

In the 2008 matchup against the St. Louis Rams, Ware tied the NFL record for recording a sack in ten straight games. He tied former member of the Denver Broncos Simon Fletcher for the record.[10] Fletcher had the record from November 15, 1992 to September 20, 1993. Ware ended the 2008 season with 84 tackles, 20.0 sacks, 9.0 tackles for a loss, six forced fumbles and two passes defended. Ware recorded at least one sack in 14 of the 16 regular season contests. It was a great season for Ware, but a disappointing one for the Dallas Cowboys, who went into the season with high expectations, but failed to make the playoffs.

January 9, 2009, Ware became the first NFL player to win the Butkus Award.[11]

October 26, 2009 Ware signed a six-year, $78 million contract, putting him among the top five of highest paid defenders in the NFL.

December 13, 2009, 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, and released the next day.[12] He came back to play the very next week, against the then undefeated New Orleans Saints, and recorded two "strip sacks" including the game winning play with the Saints driving for the game-tying touchdown.

Career Stats

DeMarcus has recorded 350 tackles, 64.5 sacks, 61.0 tackles for a loss, 23 forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries (one of which he returned 69 yards for a touchdown), 13 passes defended and one interception which he returned 41 yards for a touchdown in 64 NFL games.

Family

Ware married high school sweetheart Taniqua Smith, a former Air Force member and the daughter of a police officer, in March 2005. After three difficult pregnancies—including the birth and death of a son, Omar, in 2006—they adopted their daughter Marley (b February 29, 2008).[13] They plan to become a foster family and try again for a biological family.[14]

Ware and his mother have appeared in Chunky Soup Commercials with LaDainian Tomlinson, Jonathan Vilma, Matt Hasselbeck, Maurice Jones-Drew and other prominent young players with their mothers.

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