The visual of future Hall of Fame defensive end DeMarcus Ware helping out the pass rushers in practice this week was quite the sight.
Ware, the Dallas Cowboys’ all-time sack leader who spent the past three years of his career with the Denver Broncos before retiring this past off-season, was out there in jeans and boots, doing his best pass-rush moves.
Coach Jason Garrett said Ware looked like he could still play.
“DeMarcus is one of the greatest people I’ve ever met in my life,” Garrett said. “He’s certainly one of the great players we’ve been fortunate enough to be around. I told him this door is always open for him to come by.
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“He’s got such a great spirit about him, he’s got such a good heart, and it was fun for him to be out there working with some of the younger guys. He has a lot of knowledge obviously.
“He certainly was a great player physically, but he knew how to play and he played the right way,” Garrett said. “So it’s fun to see him out there and imparting some of that wisdom on some of the younger players.”
Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence was very appreciative of the opportunity to work with Ware.
Ironically, Lawrence was initially drafted in 2014 to be Ware’s replacement, but he said this was the first time he has ever had a chance to really be around him.
“He is a great technician with his hands,” Lawrence said. “He is a great guy. He’s still got it. I have great respect for Ware for showing us some love. It was great to be around a Hall of Famer.”
It’s also great that Lawrence is finally living up to Ware billing with a league-leading 11.5 sacks, putting him within range of Ware’s single-season team-record of 20, set in 2008.
“Don’t try to put numbers in my head,” Lawrence said. “The sky is the limit.”