“After a lot of thought and prayer, I’ve decided to accept the unknown and retire from my NFL career.
Tempting opportunities still present themselves for me to play and I feel better than I have in years. However, long term heath 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.
I will miss my teammates, coaches, and fans, who supported me over the years. I’m hanging up my cleats and beginning the journey to my next destination.”
DeMarcus Ware was the 11th overall pick by the Cowboys in the 2005 NFL Draft and spent nine seasons in Dallas.
The nine-time Pro Bowler became the NFL’s all-time sack leader in the Cowboys’ win over the Rams in 2013.
Ware spent the final three seasons of his career in Denver where he was part of the Super Bowl 50 championship Broncos team.
He finishes his career with 505 tackles, 35 forced fumbles, and 138.5 sacks.