NFL linebacker DeMarcus Ware was born on July 31, 1982.
Ware was born in Alabama and attended Auburn High School, along with fellow NFL players Osi Umenyiora and Marcus Washington. As a senior he lead the team to an undefeated record, playing as a wide receiver and linebacker.
He spent four years at Troy University, and was named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year in his senior season. The Dallas Cowboys selected Ware with the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft.
In his rookie season with the Cowboys, Ware started every game and recorded eight sacks, tied for a team high.
During Ware's second year in the league he registered 11.5 sacks, the most ever by a Cowboy's linebacker. He added a fumble recovery and an interception, both returned for touchdowns. As a result, he was invited to the first Pro Bowl of his career, and was also named Second-Team All-Pro.
This began a seven-season streak (2006-12) of Ware making the Pro Bowl, while not missing a single game in the process. He had double-digit sack totals in each season, with a career high of 20 in 2008.
When the Cowboys played the defending Champion New York Giants in the 2012 season opener, Ware sacked Eli Manning twice, making him the second-fastest player behind only Reggie White to reach 100 sacks (113 games).
In the 2014 offseason, Ware signed with the Denver Broncos on a three-year deal. He finished the season with 10 sacks.
The four-time First-team All-Pro linebacker is currently 14th on the NFL's all-time sack list, and is still climbing.