DeMarcus Ware is a seven-time Pro Bowler with 117 career sacks and has been one of the league’s best pass-rushers since his rookie season with the Dallas Cowboys in 2005.
He’s also missed just three games in nine NFL seasons.
Off the field, Ware hopes to help Denver Broncos’ pass rusher Von Miller.
“When Von first came in, before he got drafted, I talked to him a little bit,” Ware said, via the team’s website. “I’ve been mentoring him. Being able now to have the opportunity to play with him is a whole different thing. I’ll be in the same locker room with him, being able to teach him some things. I’m looking forward to that opportunity. I just think that it’s going to be great.”
“I think the main thing is having somebody that’s here that’s real for him,” Ware added. “And I’ve been that. I’ve known him since his rookie season. Also a guy that he’s looked up to, and a guy that at the end of the day, you can go in the trenches with, and that you can trust. So I’m that guy for him.”
Miller is just the second player since 1994 to post 15 sacks, 25 tackles for a loss and five forced fumbles in a single season. The first? Ware, who recorded a career-best 20 sacks in 2008.
“I think with Von, he’s one of those incredible athletes,” Ware said. “But also I think you can really home in on what you do best and make yourself not think as much when you’re out there and he’ll be even a better athlete. There’s always room for improvement.”
Broncos executive vice president of football operations/general manager John Elway signed Ware because of his leadership in the locker room and because he can still be a major impact on the field.
“We know from watching on tape how much more football he has in him,” Elway said. ” … We are extremely excited to have DeMarcus here. Also the ability and the leadership qualities that he’s going to bring to the defense, the toughness that he’s played with throughout his career — he is going to be able to get after the passer. He told [defensive backs coach] Cory Undlin, give him two-and-a-half seconds, he’ll be there in two-and-a-half seconds. I don’t doubt him when he says that.”
— Von Miller (@Millerlite40) March 12, 2014