NEW ORLEANS - DECEMBER 19: Linebacker DeMarcus Ware #94 of the Dallas Cowboys sits in the bench during their game against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on December 19, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Yesterday at around 3 PM Central Standard Time, Ware was named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Week for his effort against the Saints in New Orleans last Saturday night. Ware recorded two tackles, two strip sacks and two quarterback pressures in the Saturday night game--and he didn't even start.
Ware was limited against New Orleans with the lingering effects of a neck injury suffered against San Diego, one that ended in the All-Pro being carted off the field. His impact was felt throughout the game, but never as much as on the Saints last drive, when Ware ended the drive and the game with his second strip-sack of Drew Brees on the day.
Late in the day, news surfaced that Ware had finished first among all outside linebackers in fan voting for the Pro Bowl. He was he only member of the Cowboys to win out at their respective position, despite an uncharacteristically slow start to the season.
As of this week, Ware has 53 tackles, 5 forced fumbles and 11 sacks on the year.
Votes for players and coaches will be tallied before the team is announced next Tuesday. The game will be played in Miami on January 31.
This will be the first time the game has been played in the continental U.S. since 1979, as well as the first time the game will take place before the championship game.
Both Miles Austin (receiver) and Deon Anderson (fullback) finished third in fan voting.