After 12 seasons, Denver Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware announced his retirement from the NFL.
Ware announced his retirement via twitter on Monday, writing “After a lot of thought and prayer, I’ve decided to accept the unknown and retire from my NFL career.”
The 34-year-old spent 12 seasons in the league that solidified him as one of the best pass rushers of his generation. Compiling 138.5 sacks for eighth all-time, Ware only needed one more to tie Jason Taylor and just four more to pass Michael Strahan for sixth all-time. Ware totaled 81 tackles and 21.5 sacks in Denver.
Ware was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2005 and signed with the Broncos after the 2013 season. He is the Cowboys all-time sack leader with 117 in his nine seasons in Dallas. He led the league in sacks in 2008 and 2010.
Ware was a nine-time pro-bowler from 2006 to 2012 in Dallas, and then again in 2014 and 2015 with the Broncos.