Count Dallas Cowboys’ executive vice president Stephen Jones and coach Jason Garrett among the most pleased to see veteran defensive end DeMarcus Ware reach the Super Bowl.
Sure, they would have liked him to have done it with the Cowboys, but seeing Ware play on football’s grandest stage with the Denver Broncos has to do.
“He’s one of my favorite players who ever played here,” Jones said. “He just did everything the right way – on the field, off the field, great with kids, the ultimate competitor. I think he’s a shoo-in Hall of Famer and just really made us feel good to get to see him go play in a Super Bowl. And, of course, he played lights out [in the AFC Championship Game]. That really made us feel good to see him get after it like that and having a chance to play for a championship.”
Ware, 33, has enjoyed a couple good seasons in Denver since being released by Dallas before the 2014 season. The Cowboys made the difficult decision to part ways with Ware, who was coming off an elbow injury and saved the team more than $7 million against the salary cap.
But that doesn’t mean the Cowboys don’t enjoy seeing him continue to play at a high level, or forgot what he meant to the organization.
Ware, the Cowboys’ first-round pick in 2005, played nine seasons with the team and owns the franchise’s record for career sacks (117). He now has 134 1/2 career sacks, 11th-most in league history.
Garrett mentioned that it was good to see Ware get to the Super Bowl while still making an impact. He played a key role in the Broncos’ knocking Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady to the ground 20 times en route to a 20-18 victory.
Ware was credited with a half-sack and seven pressures during the game, and teammates also praised his pre-game speech as something that motivated them.
“Great for DeMarcus. He played so well in that ballgame,” Garrett said. “He had a big impact on the success of their team, a number of those plays, particularly in the second half of that game, he’s the guy who is around the quarterback, forcing the hurried throw or the inaccurate throw, so they did a great job pressuring the quarterback throughout the ballgame.
“He was a big part of it. I’m really excited for him. He’s a special guy.”