With LeBron James finally winning his first NBA title Thursday night after nine years and three MVP awards. I felt that this week we needed to answer a similar question regarding the NFL. Just who is the LeBron James of the NFL, the most talented player today playing without a championship ring?
There are many players we can choose from, Derrelle Revis, both Andre and Charles Johnson, Mike Vick, Phillip Rivers, and even our own Tony Romo would get some consideration. However, in my opinion this question only has one answer, DeMarcus Ware #94 OLB Dallas Cowboys. All the previous mentioned players are good, but none of them will have a chance to make NFL history by breaking multiple records as Ware can and barring injury, will. Those records are the NFL single sack record currently held by Michael Strahan at 22.5 sacks, and the all- time sack record currently held by Bruce Smith with 200 sacks in a 19 year career.
The single season sack record is well within reach for Ware due to the fact that he is the only NFL player to be listed on the top ten single season sack list twice with 19.5 in 2011 and 20 in 2008. In fact, if you look closer at his sack #’s, Ware has compiled 99.5 sacks in 112 games, which is 1.13 sacks a game. If you then calculate out that Ware keeps up that same pace for his career he will pass Bruce Smith in less than six years. Ware is only 29 years old, so that record just as a QB running from the pocket, is well within his reach.
DeMarcus Ware not only displays amazing talent on the field, but he also matches it with professionalism and a genuine kindness off the field, you could say that he is very similar to former Cowboy legend Emmitt Smith, a great player with a great attitude and someone who should be rewarded for doing things the right way and staying balanced and humble in the process. I, myself was witness to this first hand some five years ago when The Sporting News had an online contest, to ask a question to your favorite NFL player. I naturally chose DeMarcus Ware and wrote an entry with a question asking why he chose to wear #94 in the NFL, and if it was due to him being a fan of former Cowboy pass rushing great Charles Harley. Mr. Ware not only took the time to answer my question, but sent me a personal thank you letter that I still have hung up in my office to this day. I am sure we all know that many athletes today would not have taken the extra time and effort to do that, and I only hope that the next question I get to ask DeMarcus is one that deserves to be answered soon, just what size Super Bowl Ring you WARE.