DeMarcus Ware
DeMarcus Ware will go down as one of the best pass rushers of all time. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America)

Two days ago, DeMarcus Ware retired from the National Football League. In his first interview post-retirement, DeMarcus Ware told MMQB’s Peter King that he left $9 MM on the table to retire. Here is the direct quote:

DeMarcus Ware could have kept playing. He was working out, and he was over neck and back ailments that wrecked his 2016 season in Denver. Ware is 34, and he had a $9 million offer on the table for 2017 (he won’t say from which team, but Dallas is a best guess), and he felt he could have had the kind of reborn season that would satisfy the football devotee inside of him.

Ware continued to say in the interview:

“The ‘R’ word comes out of your mouth … and you get emotional,” Ware says. “When you’re playing, you think the NFL’s forever. You think it’s never going to end.”

As fans of the league, we all can agree it will be tough to see 94 leave the game. He left his mark on and off the field. DeMarcus Ware will be truly missed by his former teammates:

Have we seen the last of DeMarcus Ware? Ware told King:

“I can’t let passion overrule my sense.”



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