Since getting drafted in the first round in 2005, Ware has emerged as perhaps the NFL's best pass rusher, evolved into a solid all-around player who has become a solid defender against the run, as well, and now is a fixture in the starting lineup at the Pro Bowl.
But Ware remains one of the hardest-working players on the Dallas roster, and shows no sign of letting up any time soon.
"My teammates are out there driving me, pushing me hard," Ware said. "I see those guys working hard and I want to do the same."
Ware said the biggest inspiration to continue working is when the end result is one of success. Since joining the team, the Cowboys have won a lot, and last year won the first playoff game in his career.
"A taste of winning — we won pretty good last year, and we want to carry that over to this year and motivate us to get to the same place we were," he said. "I don't think we need to improve on anything, but we have goals that we put in place at the beginning of the season: get a lot of turnovers, more pressure and make big plays."
Ware said the big plays were somewhat elusive in 2009, adding that the defense makes sure to remember how those plays were created, and the effects they had.
"We have a couple of big plays that we had last year and we look at them every day to remind us that the little things can make you lose games," he said.
Specifically, Ware said he wants to see more takeaways by the Dallas defense, and that history underscores the theory that teams that win the takeaway battle have a decided advantage when it comes to winning games.
"Defenses who usually get a lot of turnovers win games," he said. "Going over stats, defenses who score touchdowns have (a) 77 percent (chance) of winning. So that is what we need to do — get some turnovers and bring that percentage up."
Ware said the linebackers should get a boost from their newest addition, rookie Sean Lee, and said the newest linebacker bears a striking resemblance to the most experienced member of the group, 13th-year veteran Keith Brooking.
"(Lee) is coming along really well," Ware said. "(He's) really aggressive. He reminds me of a little Keith (Brooking) — very smart, not the biggest, but always around the ball, has a knack for the ball."
Ware seeking perfection
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