Peyton Manning offers thoughts on 'Hall of Fame' teammate DeMarcus Ware

Mar 15, 2017, 00:45
Peyton Manning offers thoughts on 'Hall of Fame' teammate DeMarcus Ware

A career that lasted 12 years. But that was the treatment DeMarcus Ware rightly received on Monday afternoon.

In nine seasons with the Cowboys and three with the Broncos, Ware racked up nine Pro Bowl nods, was named first-team All-Pro four times, second-team All-Pro three times, twice led the National Football League in sacks and was Defensive Player of the Year in 2008.

While Ware never won Defensive Player of the Year honors, he'll go down as one of the best players to fall short. "However, long term health and quality of life outweigh the spark and passion to play that I once had".

Those accolades alone should be enough to earn Ware an HOF bust, but they hardly do him justice. The Broncos had interest in bringing him back.

Hours before Ware announced his retirement, Broncos general manager John Elway said, "He's going to test the market to see what's out there". You have been a model player on and off the field and everybody wishes you the best in your future endeavors.

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Shortly after news of his retirement broke, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones put out the following statement, per the Cowboys' official website.

One of the great pass rushers in National Football League history has made a decision to call it a career.

In his message, Ware thanked the "people in my life who had a hand in molding me into a great player and the God fearing man I am today".

A first-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys out of Troy in 2005, Ware played in the first 134 games of his career, a streak of 8 ½ seasons. Ware signed with Denver in 2014, one year after Von Miller was suspended six games for allegedly trying to cheat a drug test.