Former Cowboys, Broncos' pass rusher DeMarcus Ware officially retires

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After nine years with the Cowboys, Ware signed with the Broncos before the 2014 season.

The 11th pick of the 2005 draft recorded 138.5 career sacks - eighth-most all time - while playing nine years for the Cowboys and three for the Broncos.

As the praise for the recently retired DeMarcus Ware rolled in Monday afternoon, former Head Coach Gary Kubiak made sure to express his gratitude for one of the key players in his locker room.

Ware was essential in helping lead the Broncos to a Super Bowl victory over the Carolina Panthers. He thanked both organizations in his announcement.

According to reports, Ware still had interest from teams as a free agent. He said in the days before the Super Bowl that he planned to return from back surgery that sent him to injured reserve just before the regular-season finale.

Elected to the Pro Bowl a whopping nine-times, Ware was also a seven-time All Pro, twice led the National Football League in sacks and, in 2008, he was named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Year. He struggled with injuries during the last two seasons, and his contract with the Broncos expired after the 2016 season. In that single game, Ware hit Tom Brady seven times as the defense beat up the future Hall of Famer to the tune of 17 quarterback hits, greatly limiting his impact. But he had a career-low six sacks in 2013 and missed the first three games with a quadriceps strain.

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