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Former Cowboys Great DeMarcus Ware Announces Retirement

KANSAS CITY MO- DECEMBER 25 Denver Broncos outside linebacker De Marcus Ware before an AFC West showdown between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs

Denver Broncos pass rusher and seasoned sack master DeMarcus Ware announced his retirement Monday after 12 years in the NFL.

The nine-time Pro Bowl selection underwent season-ending surgery to fix a ruptured disk in his back. He recorded 117 sacks in Dallas, a franchise record, before joining the Broncos as a free agent in 2014. "I thank the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos for opportunities to experience what greatness feels like". "However, long term health and quality of life outweigh the spark and passion to play that I once had".

The Cowboys selected Ware in the first round of the 2005 draft with the 11th pick.

One of the greatest pass rushers in National Football League history is hanging his cleats up.

Although making a name for himself as a staple of the Cowboys' defensive front, Ware won his only career Super Bowl title as a member of the Broncos back in 2015-2016.

In 178 career games (173 starts), Ware totaled 505 tackles, 35 forced fumbles (eight recovered), 26 passes defensed and three interceptions.

Former Cowboys great DeMarcus Ware has called it a career.

Ware announced today that he's made a decision to hang it up rather than continue pursuing opportunities in the open market as a free agent.

I have no doubt we'll see Ware in the Hall of Fame someday, and his highlight reel will include plenty of great moments with the Denver Broncos.

Ware concluded his letter by quoting a Bible verse.