DeMarcos Ware

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. The couple are now proud parents of three children; DeMarcus Jr, Marley and Bryce.

Children are near and dear to DeMarcus’s heart, a fact evident in his involvement with numerous youth-centric charities and organisations throughout the Dallas area. And, as the first NFL player to win the Butkus Award (an accolade awarded to athletes who are committed to playing steroid-free), DeMarcus is equally committed to helping kids realise the importance of making good, moral choices in life.

Needless to say, being a role model is something DeMarcus doesn’t take lightly.