DeMarcus Ware becomes Cowboys’ all-time sack leader

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones took a step down memory lane Sunday as he remembered the day his team used a first-round pick to make defensive end DeMarcus Ware the No. 11 overall selection of the 2005 NFL Draft.

“I will never forget, [then Cowboys coach] Bill [Parcells] and I made a bet when we drafted him and had a little fun with it,” Jones said after Sunday’s 31-7 win over the St. Louis Rams. “And I think of it every time I think of his number of sacks.”

So what was the bet?

“We had a bet that if [Ware] didn’t average so many sacks over the first five years, then [Parcells] got five rides a year on his G5 airplane. So I said, ‘Well, if he does average more than that — and we signed the contract — then I get to go with his significant other, but he doesn’t get to go.’”

Jones smiled after making that remark. And he was smiling much more after Ware picked up two sacks and passed Harvey Martin to become the Cowboys’ all-time sack leader with 115.

“When you talk about records here with the Dallas Cowboys, first the wins that they have and the players they have etched in stone, the greats, the Hall of Fame guys, it’s a great opportunity,” Ware said. “It sort of shows me how consistent I’ve been over my career and I have to keep being that way to get where I need to be.

“It’s just a great opportunity to break Harvey Martin’s record, but also to know where I stand, at the top. It feels great.”

Defensive tackle Jason Hatcher said that Ware is the cornerstone of the defense and that whatever accolades come his way are deserving.

“He’s awesome, and he’s always been and it couldn’t happen to a better guy,” Hatcher said. “I’m happy for him. I’m glad I was here to celebrate it with him.”

Linebacker Sean Lee also paid homage to Ware.

“He’s one of the greatest pass-rushers of all time,” Lee said. “To play with him has been an honor.

“It’s just a testament to how hard he works, because every day in practice he’s working on his game. He’s motivating guys, he’s a complete player and a complete person and it’s been fantastic to play with him.”

Martin, who played for the Cowboys from 1973-’83, finished his career with 114 sacks. Ware entered Sunday’s game needing just two sacks to pass Martin, and he collected the record-breaking one with a sack of Rams quarterback Sam Bradford for a 3-yard loss with 8:19 remaining in the third period.

“That’s incredible for him,” cornerback Brandon Carr said. “He’s a guy who’s been working since the time he got into the league.

“I’ve heard his story a million times, just a guy who kept that chip on his shoulder and got to the point where he’s a dominant pass rusher. I think he’s the best pass rusher in the league at this time.”

When it comes to superstar players, the seven-time Pro Bowler is as humble as they come.

“When you think about the tradition of the Dallas Cowboys, of who held the record, Harvey Martin, and when you talk about Charles Haley, [Ed] Too Tall Jones, the list goes on, Randy White, to have the opportunity to be etched in stone with those names, it really feels great,” Ware said. “But you always think about, ‘OK, what’s next?

“What’s the next thing coming up?’”

While no one knows what’s next for Ware, Jones knew he had a winner when he drafted Ware out of Troy.

“I can’t say that it’s unexpected because of how hard he works and his talent level and just his competitiveness,” Jones said. “It doesn’t surprise me.”

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 Standing on top

With two sacks Sunday against the St. Louis Rams, DeMarcus Ware passed Harvey Martin and became the Cowboys’ all-time sack leader. The Cowboys monitored sacks before they became an official NFL statistic in 1982. Here are the top sack leaders in Cowboys history:

Player…………………..Sacks………Seasons

DeMarcus Ware…………115……….2005-

Harvey Martin…………..114………..1973-83

Randy White…………….111………..1975-88

Ed Jones…………………106………..1974-78, 1980-89

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