Auburn native DeMarcus Ware announces his retirement from NFL

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In 2015-16 Ware was part of one of the most dominant defenses in National Football League history as he and Von Miller combined to be the NFL's best duo of pass rushers and the Broncos rode their defense to an upset victory over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. But three years ago, owner Jerry Jones oversaw the painful decision to part with one of his favorite players.

Ware finished with 138.5 sacks, good for eighth all-time. For most of Ware's career, there was no surer bet than the lineman piling up at least 10 sacks while keeping offensive coordinators gripping their pillows the night before they played Dallas.

Ware joined the Broncos in 2014 following his release from the Dallas Cowboys.

There should not be much to discuss when it is time to induct Ware into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Ware was also a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, a four-time first team All Pro selection and was named Defensive Player of the Year in 2008, a year which he recorded 20 sacks. He made his announcement in a statement posted on twitter today.

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We wish Ware well in his retirement.

"He was a tremendous player in this league, a tremendous leader in the locker room and a great ambassador in the community". Of course, with Ware officially out of the picture due to retirement, it will be interesting to see how Los Angeles addresses the linebacker position over the next few weeks in free agency.

Ware's number with the Broncos are fantastic - 63 solo tackles and 21.5 sacks across 37 games.

Former Super Bowl MVP Von Miller said Ware meant the world to him. The list of players who have done it better is a short one, and the list of players who have done it in just 12 seasons is even shorter.

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