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4. DeMarcus Ware
One of the greatest defensive players in Sun Belt Conference history, DeMarcus Ware can also make a claim as one of the top defensive forces in the lore of the Dallas Cowboys.

The latter says an awful lot, doesn’t it?

Ware went on a seven-year streak where he recorded 10 or more Quarterback Sacks, the best of which was in 2008 where he would lead the NFL in that statistic with 20.  He would again lead the NFL in 2010 (15.5) and retired 8th overall with 138.5.

A four-time First Team All-Pro, DeMarcus Ware would play out his final three years with the Denver Broncos where he was still a top player and helped them win Super Bowl 50.  Fittingly, Ware would retire shortly after.  

Now eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Ware should not have to wait very long before he receives entry into Canton, though he did not make it on his first try.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Auburn, Alabama, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Saturday, 01 January 2022
  • Position: Linebacker
  • Games Played: 178
  • Notable Statistics: 3 Interceptions
    44 Interception Return Yards
    1 Interception Return Touchdown
    35 Forced Fumbles
    8 Fumble Recoveries
    91 Fumble Recovery Yards
    2 Fumble Recovery Touchdowns
    138.5 Quarterback Sacks
    657 Combined Tackles
    505 Solo Tackles
    152 Assisted Tackles
    171 Tackles for Loss
    229 Quarterback Hits*
    128 Approximate Value

    8 Playoff Games
    1 Forced Fumble
    7.5 Quarterback Sacks
    23 Combined Tackles
    15 Solo Tackles
    8 Assisted Tackles
    8 Tackles for Loss
    18 Quarterback Hits

    *Quarterback Hits was not a stat until 2006.
  • Played For: Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos
  • College: Troy
  • Drafted: 1st Round, 11th Overall in 2005
  • Major Accolades and Awards: NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
    First Team All-Pro Selection (4) (2007, 2008, 2009 & 2011)
    Second Team All-Pro Selection (4) (2006, 2010, 2011 & 2012)
    Pro Bowl Selections (9) (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 & 2015)
    Most Quarterback Sacks (2) (2008 & 2010)
    Most Tackles for Loss (3) (2008, 2010 & 2011)
    Super Bowl Rings (1) (Denver Broncos, 50)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Fumble Return Yards (1) (2006)
    Top Ten Finishes: Tackles for Loss (5) (2005, 2007, 2008, 2010 & 2011)
    Top Ten Finishes: Forced Fumbles (5) (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2012) 
    Top Ten Finishes: Quarterback Sacks (7) (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 4.   Tackles for Loss: 171
    9.   Quarterback Sacks: 138.5
    15. Forced Fumbles: 35
  • Years Nominated for the Hall of Fame: 2022

Should DeMarcus Ware be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 78.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 11.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 3.9%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 5.9%
Last modified on Monday, 07 March 2022 03:26

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0 #1 KB 2021-03-27 15:09
I'm a Cowboys fan. But I have to say, Ware was the Barry Sanders of pass rushing. Great at getting to the quarterback once or twice per game. But he gave up negative plays all of the time by jumping offsides.
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