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.

41 responses to “DeMarcus Ware announces his retirement

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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!

  12. 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.
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    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.

  13. 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

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

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

  16. 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

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

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

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

    Congrats on a great career, DeMarcus.

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

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    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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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

  24. 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.
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    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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.
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    He never cheated the game. Your team does every day! Think about it. I hear new sanctions are coming your way. Wow, just wow!

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

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    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…

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