DeMarcus Ware Biography


The Dallas Cowboys sack master sets his sights on breaking records but is also a class act and family man.

DeMarcus Ware: High School
DeMarcus Ware is often seen as one of the ultimate athletes on the planet, and this talent goes all the way back to high school. While attending Auburn High School in Auburn, Alabama, DeMarcus Ware was the best sportsman in his school. Lettering in a variety of sports from football to track to basketball, DeMarcus Ware was a versatile playmaker in any athletic event. DeMarcus Ware played both ways in high school and was an outstanding wide receiver and linebacker.

DeMarcus Ware: Troy University
DeMarcus Ware was a great athlete but was undersized in the views of many scouts. Troy Trojans DE Osi Umenyiora had seen DeMarcus Ware in high school and recommended the young man to the coaches. Osi Umenyiora took DeMarcus Ware under his wing and the young linebacker/wideout was moved to defensive end. The transition was hard for the small athlete, but the tutelage of veteran players quickly helped him grow as a pass rusher. DeMarcus Ware spent his freshman year as a backup but found his way into the starting lineup as a sophomore.

The bookend defensive ends of Osi Umenyior and DeMarcus Ware gave the Troy Trojans a fantastic pass rush and both of them became QB nightmares. Osi Umenyiora left for the NFL in 2003 but DeMarcus Ware only produced more in the absence of his mentor. By the time his senior year rolled around, DeMarcus Ware's body had grown into his ability and he was an athletic freak. As the leader of the Troy Trojans, DeMarcus Ware destroyed teams by himself and finished with 27.5 sacks and set a record for tackles for loss.

DeMarcus Ware: 2005 NFL Draft
For an NFL defensive end DeMarcus Ware was undersized. However the growing prevalence of the 3-4 defense made hybrids of DEs and OLBs in high-demand. With a great NFL Combine and solid college numbers, DeMarcus Ware was looked at as the second best prospect in the 2005 NFL Draft at the DE/OLB position; the first was Shawne Merriman. Dallas Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells preferred DeMarcus Ware over Shawne Merriman, however, and took the Troy Trojans standout with the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft.

The 2005 NFL Draft would be one of the best in Dallas Cowboys history as it not only brought in DeMarcus Ware but DEs Chris Canty and Marcus Spears, NT Jay Ratliff, and RB Marion Barber. Fans with Dallas Cowboys tickets were glad to see DeMarcus Ware coming to town as he would be a key piece in the new 3-4 defense of Bill Parcells' Dallas Cowboys. Veteran DE Greg Ellis made the transition to OLB as well and was a great mentor for DeMarcus Ware.

DeMarcus Ware: The Big Tuna & 3-4
The 3-4 defense allows for maximum mobility on the field and uses some of the best athletes in the NFL to get matchup problems on the offensive line and stuns QBs with surprise blitzes. Bill Parcells loved this versatility and loved players like DeMarcus Ware that could line up all over the field. The change in position and the complex defensive system should have had a steep learning curve, but DeMarcus Ware flourished in the system and racked up eight sacks his rookie year.

The 2006 Dallas Cowboys season was an even bigger breakout as DeMarcus Ware became the bane of every QB in the NFL. The explosiveness of DeMarcus Ware not only allowed him to get plenty of sacks out of the 3-4 but also forced a ton of fumbles against quarterbacks that didn't see the huge OLB coming. The phrase "B-Ware D-Ware" became a catchphrase of fans with Dallas Cowboys tickets, and DeMarcus Ware reached the 2006 Pro Bowl with 11.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, and two defensive touchdowns.

DeMarcus Ware: Wade's Beast
The retirement of Bill Parcells shocked many fans with Dallas Cowboys tickets as the Big Tuna finally had a great team and a franchise QB in Tony Romo. New head coach Wade Phillips was brought in from the San Diego Chargers, where he ran an aggressive 3-4 defense that unleashed OLB Shawne Merriman on a slew of unsuspecting quarterbacks. Wade Phillips delivered on the expectations and let D-Ware run wild with even more blitzes than Bill Parcells had run. Dallas Cowboys tickets featured DeMarcus Ware ending the 2007 season with 14 sacks, four forced fumbles, and a trip to the Pro Bowl.

DeMarcus Ware: Sack Record
The 2008 NFL season is not even halfway done and DeMarcus Ware is already getting a ton of attention from the media with a dazzling performance. With at least one sack in 10-straight games, DeMarcus Ware is tied for the all-time NFL record for consecutive games with a sack. Having piled up three sacks against the Detroit Lions, fans with Dallas Cowboys tickets can look forward to DeMarcus Ware setting a new NFL record soon.

DeMarcus Ware: Family
DeMarcus Ware has always been a family man, going back to his days as a caring son in a single-parent household. Married to his high school sweetheart Taniqua Ware, the pair has tried to start their own family. After the death of their newborn son Omar, DeMarcus Ware looked to build his family in a different way, through adoption. DeMarcus Ware and his wife adopted daughter Marley in the summer of 2008, and she gives joy to the soft-at-heart outside linebacker.

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