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DeMarcus Ware announces his retirement

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DeMarcus Ware said he’s hearing promising offers. But he has chosen to accept “none of the above.”

The veteran pass-rusher tweeted out word that he was retiring moments ago.

In saying goodbye, he noted: “Long term health and quality of life outweigh the spark and passion to play that I once had.”

The 34-year-old had just talked to Broncos executive John Elway about a comeback, and it seemed he was going to test the market and see what offers were out there. Despite the back problems he recently went through, it stands to reason he’d have had several. And it was only a few months ago that he scoffed at the notion of hanging up his cleats.

If he stays true to his decision, he leaves with 138.5 career sacks, which is eighth on the all-time list.

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41 Responses to “DeMarcus Ware announces his retirement”
  1. karmathaitch says: Mar 13, 2017 3:59 PM

    He was supposed to be a SD Charger, but we ended up the roid man Merriam.

    Dang dude! Congrats on your great career bro.

  2. arrogantnation says: Mar 13, 2017 4:00 PM

    Salute. Played the game the right way. Canton awaits.

  3. Bizzareslantpass says: Mar 13, 2017 4:00 PM

    Class act. Handsome guy. He’ll be competing with Strahan on TV in no time.

  4. patsxsaintsfan says: Mar 13, 2017 4:01 PM

    Expected this article to be about AP before D-Ware. Some hall of famers would rather retire then play for a vet minimum and I don’t blame them.

  5. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Mar 13, 2017 4:02 PM

    Let’s see how good Von Miller is without Ware on the other side. We’ll quickly discover how overrated he is.

  6. bullogne says: Mar 13, 2017 4:02 PM

    First ballot HOF

  7. chino1985 says: Mar 13, 2017 4:03 PM

    One of the most humble, nice, and classiest guys to ever lace them up. As a long time cowboy fan I wish u nothing but the best.

  8. war27 says: Mar 13, 2017 4:04 PM

    Raider fan here, great player.

    I was kind of hoping to see him in silver and black as a rotational pass rusher for a year or two, replacing Alldone.

  9. thisoneguy1 says: Mar 13, 2017 4:13 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Let’s see how good Von Miller is without Ware on the other side. We’ll quickly discover how overrated he is.
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    Ridiculous.
    I’m no particular fan of the Broncos, Texas A&M or Von Miller, and I know that DeMarcus Ware was a great player and a good guy.
    But I also know that Ware missed 11 games over the past two seasons and Miller did more than fine, thank you.

  10. jjackwagon says: Mar 13, 2017 4:14 PM

    He sees the hand writing on the wall in Denver, he knows they will be battling the Chargers for the cellar and doesn’t want to be a part of it. No shame in that.

  11. bassplucker says: Mar 13, 2017 4:14 PM

    Leonard Floyd has called this guy his idol and the reason he wears 94. I’d love to see the Bears hire him on in some sort of pass rush consultant role.

  12. I prefer my Crush to be Orange says: Mar 13, 2017 4:15 PM

    One of the greats, honored to have watched him in orange and blue. Best of luck in whatever you choose to do.

  13. ak185 says: Mar 13, 2017 4:22 PM

    This is surprising consider all of his recent actions and comments otherwise. I expect to see him as a linebackers coach soon, if he is up for it (hopefully in Denver or Dallas, he’s a classy guy and that would seem to complete a narrative). Von Miller has noticeably improved since Ware came to Denver and has said as much, and I’m sure scores of other players can say the same. Ware would be a great LB coach, that’s for sure.

  14. honkeyt says: Mar 13, 2017 4:24 PM

    Hate all you want but this dude is the epitome of GREAT. Great player and more importantly great person. He was a monster in his day and I will miss him. Keep doing great things to make this world a better place, Demarcus. That is where your impact will be felt the most.

    #GentleGiant

  15. dickshotdogs says: Mar 13, 2017 4:24 PM

    You honestly think he’d want to be a Bears assistant or consultant? Okay.

  16. dstreibigsdose says: Mar 13, 2017 4:27 PM

    Great player and career.

  17. broncoschick says: Mar 13, 2017 4:30 PM

    DeMarcus, you made Denver a better place (not just the team) with your leadership. SB50 was in large part due to you and #18 driving the bus.

    Thank you. For everything. You will be missed.

    Here’s to a happy and very healthy life!

  18. yourunclerico says: Mar 13, 2017 4:36 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps?iframe=true&theme_preview=true says:
    Mar 13, 2017 4:02 PM
    Let’s see how good Von Miller is without Ware on the other side. We’ll quickly discover how overrated he is.
    ==========
    Ware has missed almost 11 games the past couple seasons and you are correct. miller tends to go invisible!
    every once in a while that backup scrub shane ray will get a lucky angle, or distract enough to help miller, but for the most part- his one trick pony rush is neutralized.
    lets face it – much of his hype is when he headhunts and gets away with it.

  19. maust1013 says: Mar 13, 2017 4:36 PM

    Great player and a hell of a career. Respect from this Pats fan.

  20. ak185 says: Mar 13, 2017 4:43 PM

    Isn’t funny how Pats fans complain about haters and then show up in other articles to hate on other teams?

  21. cosmicredneck81 says: Mar 13, 2017 4:48 PM

    One of my favorite modern day players of all time great guy class act now all that is left is to sign that one day contract and retire with the class of the NFL he will retire a Dallas cowboy

  22. gauchosporlife says: Mar 13, 2017 4:53 PM

    Man, I thought he was going back to the Cowboys. Oh well, happy trail on your way to Canton.

  23. weepingjebus says: Mar 13, 2017 5:04 PM

    Congrats on a great run, I enjoyed watching you even though it sometimes broke my heart.

  24. logast says: Mar 13, 2017 5:07 PM

    Wonder player. Consistent player. Class guy. I hope he enjoys a long, healthy retirement from football. Best wishes.

  25. bspurloc says: Mar 13, 2017 5:17 PM

    .
    he is retiring to avoid the Romo fiasco!

  26. jgedgar70 says: Mar 13, 2017 5:19 PM

    Since he played for the Cowboys and Broncos, I always rooted against him. But he was a great player. We’ll see him in a gold jacket soon enough.

    #Respect

  27. brady2gronktd says: Mar 13, 2017 5:23 PM

    Congrats on a great career Demarcus!

  28. isleptwithoj says: Mar 13, 2017 5:24 PM

    Thanks DeMarcus. You were and will always be a big dog. Denver could not have won a SB without you! Not only were you bad azz on the field, you were /are a tremendous leader. Sorry to see you go. Thanks so much for all you gave your teams and the Game. You will be missed! Thanks, man!

  29. motleytrap says: Mar 13, 2017 5:31 PM

    He might not get into Canton on the first try, but he shouldn’t be waiting long.

    Was the league’s best outside linebacker for a long time.

  30. llcamino says: Mar 13, 2017 5:35 PM

    He got away with lining up in the neutral zone and being offside more than any other player in the last 20 years.

  31. patsfan says: Mar 13, 2017 5:47 PM

    That sound you just heard was Tom Brady breathing a sigh of relief.

    Congrats on a great career, DeMarcus.

  32. patsrule59 says: Mar 13, 2017 5:52 PM

    “Denver could not have won a SB without you!”

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Or without the league having the refs screw the Patriots in that regular season game because they wanted the Broncos to have home field, so that Peyton could go out with a ring.

  33. bigj67 says: Mar 13, 2017 6:02 PM

    He’s up there with Reggie White and Lawrence Taylor. If I was a GM I’d try to talk him out of retirement and sign him up.

  34. mrclutch5569 says: Mar 13, 2017 6:23 PM

    What a pleasure it has been watching DeMarcus creating havoc for opposing QB’s. I remember people thought Bill Parcells reached for you in the ’05 draft and look what you’ve done since. He still has some juice left but he just can’t stay on the field anymore unfortunately. Better to go out on your own terms

  35. beauregard says: Mar 13, 2017 7:25 PM

    Or without the league having the refs screw the Patriots in that regular season game because they wanted the Broncos to have home field, so that Peyton could go out with a ring.
    ————-
    Had nothing to do with the Refs and everything to do with Tom Brady running from the Denver D like a scared little girl trying to throw fully inflated footballs.

  36. trollaikman8 says: Mar 13, 2017 7:54 PM

    Phenomenal player and person. Played through many injuries and performed at the highest level on some god awful Cowboys teams. A shoe in for the HoF and broadcasts.

  37. cyphon73 says: Mar 13, 2017 7:54 PM

    Don’t come across too many with his ability and still such class and humility. Just a really good human being.

    I wish him luck and good health. With his credentials and that Foreman child like smile… his TV career should be equally as lucrative.

  38. babygaga19 says: Mar 13, 2017 8:32 PM

    Or without the league having the refs screw the Patriots in that regular season game because they wanted the Broncos to have home field, so that Peyton could go out with a ring.
    _____________________________________
    He never cheated the game. Your team does every day! Think about it. I hear new sanctions are coming your way. Wow, just wow!

  39. jkb0162 says: Mar 13, 2017 8:52 PM

    I thought in 2010 he would break Strahans sack record but only ended up with 20. Still an awesome season and great career. Its a shame Dallas didn’t build a better team around him.

  40. TheodoreBabyHandsBustAqua says: Mar 13, 2017 8:55 PM

    bigj67 says:
    Mar 13, 2017 6:02 PM
    He’s up there with Reggie White and Lawrence Taylor. If I was a GM I’d try to talk him out of retirement and sign him up.

    ————————————————————

    I think DeMarcus Ware was a hell of a player. But he’s not near as good as Reggie or Lawrence were. Just being real…

  41. denverscott says: Mar 14, 2017 3:14 AM

    Even the coaches said he missed 5. They didn’t have hurries then.

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