DeMarcus Ware (born July 31, 1982 in Auburn, Alabama) is an American football linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He was drafted with the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft out of Troy University. Ware is considered the best 3-4 outside linebacker by Sporting News and has been described as "the most dynamic defender in the league right now" by ESPN.
Ware played football, basketball, baseball, and ran track as a youth. In football, as a senior, he won every game,he was named the team Most Valuable Wide Receiver, team Most Valuable Linebacker, and the teams Top Leadership honors. He finished his senior season with seven sacks and 55 total tackles (40 solo tackles, 15 assisted tackles).
Ware and current New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora attended Auburn High School, as well as former Washington Redskins linebacker Marcus Washington. Ware, along with fellow pro-mates, annually attends a celebrity basketball game held at his high school. The event was started by Marcus Washington and has since grown into a very successful event that is greatly anticipated each year.