No one in Dallas has ever much doubted DeMarcus Ware’s ability as an outside linebacker. He’s made the Pro Bowl six times, been voted First Team All-Pro four times (he’s made the Second Team twice) and is widely considered one of the best, if not the best pass rusher in football.
Some folks have wondered about Ware’s ability as a leader. The veteran linebacker is quiet by nature, and though his production speaks for itself, some aren’t convinced that leading by example on the field is enough to call the Troy product a true leader. But according to Ware, he leads in a number of ways, many of which will never be seen by the public.
“What you guys don’t see is me taking a leadership role on defense for the rookies, for the older guys,” Ware said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “And also, lead by example. Sometimes you have to check some guys and put them in place. That’s what I do. That’s what a lot of other guys on the team have been doing.”
As one of the leaders of the team, Ware said much of his responsibility to the locker room is based on providing a good example for the younger guys, who are far down the totem pole from a superstar like Ware in terms of the locker room pecking order.
“Guys come in, and they look up to you,” he said. “They look up to how you play the game. And you have to set that example. But also let them know so they know where they stand in the whole scheme of things.”
Stay on top of the latest Dallas Cowboys news with NBCDFW.com. Follow NBC DFW on Facebook or have breaking Cowboys news sent directly to your phone with Blue Star SMS alerts. Text "bluestar" to 622339 (NBCDFW) to subscribe, text HELP for more info, and text STOP to end the subscription. Message and data rates may apply.Read more about it here.