The Case For The Broncos Ring Of Fame: DeMarcus Ware

In the eighth of Thin Air’s series on considerations for the Broncos Ring of Fame is DeMarcus Ware (2014-2016).

Should DeMarcus Ware be in the Broncos Ring of Fame?

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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.

  • Grover7874

    I loved DeMarcus Ware as a Bronco and he was a big part of our Super Bowl winning season. But he wasn’t here long enough to get a ring of fame honor, and missed enough games while he was here that his very valuable contribution was really just on a part time basis. I prefer to reserve ring of fame honors for players who spend the substantial portion of their careers as Broncos, not players who had their best years someplace else. (Can anyone say “John Lynch”?)

    • gobroncos

      Agreed. He went back to Dallas and retired a Cowboy. That says something. I feel the same way about Peyton Manning. The colts have more claim on him than we do. Although we did match the colts in SB appearances and wins in half the time frame with Peyton. We also broke multiple offensive records with Manning (single season, not career accumulations).

  • T. Jensen

    I voted No but I’d vote yes for him before I voted yes for Lynch…

  • ohiobronco

    I think he deserves to be in the conversation but I agree with others that he needed to do a bit more in a Broncos uniform.