When the Dallas Cowboys were looking for an explosive playmaker, they found that and a whole lot more in DeMarcus Ware. In just a few short years, this 262 lb., 6’4” linebacker emerged as a defensive force to be reckoned with, amassing a staggering 53 sacks with an impressive 20 in 2008 alone. Today, ESPN describes him as “the most dynamic defender in the league right now.”
After leading Troy University to its first-ever bowl appearance, DeMarcus earned a degree in Business Information Systems and was the first member of his family to graduate from college. In 2005 he married Taniqua Smith, a former member of the U.S. Air Force, and the couple are now proud parents of two beautiful children, Marley and DeMarcus Jr.
Children are near and dear to DeMarcus’s heart, as evidenced by his involvement in numerous youth-centered charities and organizations throughout the Dallas area. And, as the first NFL player to win the Butkus Award, which is given to athletes who are committed to playing steroid free, he’s equally committed to helping kids realize the importance of making good choices in life. Needless to say, being a role model is something DeMarcus doesn’t take lightly.