DeMarcus Ware

You’re gonna hit guys as hard as you can. You’re gonna go full speed!

Portrait of DeMarcus Ware signing autographs for fans in Dallas, TX, USA 2012
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Hi, my name is DeMarcus Ware. My discipline is American football. My friends call me D-Ware. I was born on 31 July 1982 in Auburn, Alabama, USA. My philosophy of life is God is good. The most important person in my life is my wife and kids. My favourite food is Mexican. My favourite music is all kinds.


When the Dallas Cowboys were looking for an explosive playmaker, they found that (and a whole lot more) in DeMarcus Ware. In just a few short years, this 254 lb., 6’4” linebacker emerged as a defensive force to be reckoned with, amassing a staggering 53 sacks with an impressive 20 in 2008 alone. Today, ESPN describes him as “the most dynamic defender in the league right now.” In 2014 he signed a three-year, $30 million dollar contract with the Denver Broncos.

After leading Troy University to its first-ever bowl appearance, DeMarcus earned a degree in Business Information Systems and was the first member of his family to graduate from college. In 2005, he married Taniqua Smith, a former member of the U.S. Air Force. The couple are now proud parents of four children; DeMarcus Jr, Marley, Bryce and Omar.

Children are near and dear to DeMarcus’ heart, a fact evident in his involvement with numerous youth-centric charities and organisations throughout the Dallas area. And, as the first NFL player to win the Butkus Award (an accolade awarded to athletes who are committed to playing steroid-free), DeMarcus is equally committed to helping kids realise the importance of making good, moral choices in life.

Needless to say, being a role model is something DeMarcus doesn’t take lightly.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2014
    1. 2014 New contract: 3 years with the Denver Broncos

  2. 2012
    1. 7x Pro Bowl Winner

      Consecutive wins from 2006 to 2012

    2. 3× Second-team All-Pro

      2006, 2010 and 2012

  3. 2011
    1. 4× First-team All-Pro

      2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011

    2. 2x NFL Butkus Award Winner

      2008 and 2011

  4. 2010
    1. 2× NFL Sacks Leader

      2008 and 2010

  5. 2008
    1. NFC Defensive Player of the Year

    2. NFL Alumni Pass Rusher of the Year