After 12 seasons in the NFL, outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware has decided to hang up his cleats. He made his announcement on Twitter.
Ware entered the 2017 offseason as an unrestricted free agent. Sources say he's been weighing an offer by the Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys, respectively, but due health and quality of life concerns, he's retiring.
Selected with the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft out of Troy, Ware established himself as a perennial All-Pro during his time in Dallas.
Ware joined the Broncos as a free agent three years ago. He was a key component to Denver's Super Bowl 50 World Championship.
However, the 34-year-old has struggled with injuries over the last couple of seasons. He only appeared in 10 games in 2016, after fracturing his forearm and dealing with a back injury, contributing just four sacks.
Ware reported a few weeks ago that he was feeling better than he had in a long time, and that fans and analysts shouldn't count him out moving forward. Something has changed for him.
Whatever it was, there's no question that DeMarcus Ware leaves the NFL as one of the all-time great pass rushers. With 138.5 career sacks, he ranks 8th on the all-time list.
Ware joined the Denver Broncos to pursue that elusive Super Bowl ring. And he got it.
The Broncos will miss his leadership — both on and off the field. His impact on the Broncos will be felt for years to come, and his influence on Von Miller brought him back from the brink to being named Super Bowl 50 MVP.
Hats off to D-Ware. We look forward to the day he gets enshrined in the Hall of Fame and wish him the best in the next chapter of his life.
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Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.