DeMarcus Ware, Pro Bowl linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys, signing copies of NFL Dads
DeMarcus Ware (born July 31, 1982 in Auburn, Alabama) is an American football linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He was drafted with the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft out of Troy University. Ware is considered the best 3-4 outside linebacker by Sporting News and has been described as “the most dynamic defender in the league right now” by ESPN.
Ware played football, basketball, baseball, and ran track as a youth. In football, as a senior, he won every game,he was named the team Most Valuable Wide Receiver, team Most Valuable Linebacker, and the teams Top Leadership honors. He finished his senior season with seven sacks and 55 total tackles (40 solo tackles, 15 assisted tackles).
Ware and current New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora attended Auburn High School, as well as former Washington Redskins linebacker Marcus Washington. Ware, along with fellow pro-mates, annually attends a celebrity basketball game held at his high school. The event was started by Marcus Washington and has since grown into a very successful event that is greatly anticipated each year.
Ware attended Troy University and was a two time All-Sun Belt Conference selection. He and Osi Umenyiora of the New York Giants were teammates. As a senior he was the league’s Defensive Player of the Year, and was a finalist for the Hendricks Award.
He finished his college career with 27.5 sacks, 195 tackles (57 for losses), 74 quarterback hurries, ten forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, and one interception. His 27.5 sacks rank second in school history for sacks in a career, and his 57 tackles for losses rank first in school history.
Ware married high school sweetheart Taniqua Smith, a former Air Force member and the dau
ghter of a police officer, in March 2005. After three difficult pregnancies—including the birth and death of a son, Omar, in 2006—they adopted their daughter Marley (b February 29, 2008). They plan to become a foster family and try again for a biological family.
Ware and his mother have appeared in Chunky Soup Commercials with LaDainian Tomlinson, Jonathan Vilma, Matt Hasselbeck, Maurice Jones-Drew and other prominent young players with their mothers.