After a very long and productive 12 seasons in the NFL, Demarcus Ware has decided to hang up his cleats and call it a career.

In a letter written and signed by Ware he said:

 

“After a lot of thought and prayer, I’ve decided to accept the unknown and retire from my NFL career.

Tempting opportunities still present themselves for me to play and I feel better than I have in years. However, long term health of quality of life outweigh the spark and passion to play that I once had.

With that, I take this opportunity to thank all of the people in my life who had a hand in molding me into a great player and the God fearing man I am today. I thank the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos for opportunities to experience what greatness feels like.

I will miss my teammates, coaches, and fans, who supported me over the years. I’m hanging up my cleats and beginning the journey to my next destination.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.”

(2 Timothy 4:7, KJV) 

 

Despite nagging injuries throughout his career, Ware was able to rack up 138 sacks, ranking him as the eighth all-time sack leader. Ware was also voted to 9 Pro Bowls and was a Super Bowl Champion with the Denver Broncos.  Ware’s retirement comes much to the delight of opposing quarterbacks, and the Oakland Raiders Quarterback, Derek Carr, tweeted saying; 

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