In the eighth of Thin Air’s series on considerations for the Broncos Ring of Fame is DeMarcus Ware (2014-2016).
Ring of Fame rules state that a member has to have been with the Broncos for a minimum of four years. However, rules can be excepted at any time, as the Ring of Fame did in waiving the five year waiting period for John Elway. It is with that observation that sets the table here for DeMarcus Ware’s consideration.
DeMarcus Ware arrived at the Broncos at a juncture in which so much hope and promise from the past season ended in deep disappointment. With an aging quarterback at the helm that would end up having only two more seasons in the NFL, the Broncos’ front office was determined to make a move that would improve their defense, specifically at pass rusher.
John Elway filled that hole by signing Ware, a seven time Pro Bowler and four time First Team All-Pro. In 37 games, Ware contributed a total of 21.5 sacks, as well as his veteran experience and the last few years of his unique physical talent. That contribution helped to earn Ware the one final piece of his stellar career that his former team was chronically unable to provide him: a Super Bowl ring.