2014 10 22 DeMarcus Ware Broncos

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The conversation began innocently enough in the Denver Broncos locker room on Tuesday. Several defensive players were asked when did you start watching DeMarcus Ware play in the NFL?

Was it when you were in college? High school?

Ware’s pass rushing partner grew up in a Dallas suburb, and he had an idea of his earliest memories of Ware.

“When did you come into the league? 2006?” Von Miller asked.

“2005,” Ware replied.

“I was a sophomore in high school!” Miller cackled as he laid back down on the black leather couch in the Broncos’ locker room.


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Ware shrugged off the joke about his age – he turned 32 in July – and how could he not as he enjoys a career renaissance in his first season with the Broncos. With seven sacks in the Broncos’ first six games, Ware has already surpassed his sack total from his final, injury-plagued season with the Dallas Cowboys a year ago.

And with a nifty half spin move on San Francisco 49ers left tackle Joe Staley that led to one his three sacks on Colin Kaepernick on Sunday, the rest of the NFL has noticed just how well Denver’s bet on Ware has paid off.

“When you sit down and you watch it, you watch it in slow motion, it’s really incredible. It was a great move. There’s no way you can go out and try to practice something like that. It’s just DeMarcus Ware, big-time pass rusher,” Miller said.

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