DeMarcus Ware retires after 12 National Football League seasons

DeMarcus Ware retires after 12 National Football League seasons

DeMarcus Ware retires after 12 National Football League seasons

Ware's 138.5 sacks are eighth all-time on the NFL's list, and he incredibly put up a 19.5 sack season (2011) and 20 sack season (2008) during his 12 year career.

Ware spent the first nine years of his career in Dallas before moving to Denver, where he finally became a Super Bowl champion.

He is the Cowboys all-time leader in sacks, with 117, and the franchise's all-time leader in forced fumbles, with 32.

"With that, I take this opportunity to thank all of the people in my life who had a hand in molding me into a great player and the God fearing man I am today".

After spending the last three seasons as a member of the Broncos, the 34-year-old was rumored to be considering a reunion with the Cowboys.

Though DeMarcus seemed to be a quiet, reserved individual who preferred to lead by example, he was obviously beloved by his teammates, fans and the league as a whole.

Ware got his start with the Dallas Cowboys in 2005.

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

According to an official statement released via social media on Monday afternoon, the time has come for veteran pass rusher DeMarcus Ware to hang up his cleats. He's been limited to 21 games over the past two seasons due to back problems, but has remained an effective pass rusher, coming away with 12 sacks in that span. He had at least 11 sacks in every season from 2006 through 2012.

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