The NFL season is officially upon us and DeMarcus Ware is wasting no time in making it a memorable one. In the second quarter of Wednesday’s opener, Ware body threw down Eli Manning, racking up his 100th sack of his career.
He’s playing in just his 113th game, which averages out to about 1.0 sacks per game.
Since coming out of Troy in 2005, the former 11th overall pick has had a great career thus far and is looking to break out fully this season. In his 7 seasons, Ware has been to the Pro Bowl six times and has gone the past two seasons with 15 or more sacks. His best season came back in 2008, a season that saw him tally 20 sacks and out perform Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen in what was at that point Allen’s best season.
Only 4 other players in NFL history have 10 or more sacks in six seasons, as Ware has. Ware is in the company of John Randal, Reggie White, Lawrence Taylor and Bruce Smith. Considering they’re all Hall of Famers, that’s not bad company.
Ware easily has the chance to become one of the greatest defensive players in the history of the game, but he hasn’t seemed to get the attention he deserves. Whenever defense is discussed, Ware isn’t the first guy mentioned.
But after seven solid seasons and becoming the second fastest player to 100 career sacks, Ware’s name is going to become household this year, and deservedly so.