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Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Former Broncos LB Ware retires

Former Broncos LB Ware retires

With his 138.5 sacks, he retires 8th all-time in sacks, ahead of some of the NFL's most unsafe pass rushers, including Lawrence Taylor and Derrick Thomas.

Ware calling it quits after 12 NFL seasons, including his first nine in the league with the Cowboys, in which he established himself as one of the most productive edge pass rushers in league history. "I'm hanging up my cleats and beginning the journey to my next destination".

"Tempting opportunities still represent themselves for me to play and I feel better than I have in years". "However, (long-term) health and quality of life outweigh the spark and passion to play that I once had".

The former 11th overall pick of the Cowboys in the 2005 NFL Draft was a member of the Broncos' team that beat the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. While spending nine years in Dallas, Ware became a nine-time Pro Bowl selection as seven of those appearances came with the Cowboys.

Durability was a theme for Ware throughout his career as well; he only missed 14 games in well over a decade of action. The Cowboys released Ware in March 2014, but he quickly was scooped up by the Broncos and made his impact felt immediately, racking up 10 sacks during his first season in Denver.

According to reports, Ware still had interest from teams as a free agent.

"Wishing all the best to #DallasCowboys franchise sack leader as he retires from @NFL!"

Ware never played for the Falcons-though we all wish he would have-but you kind of have to salute someone this great.

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