Now a member of the Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys all-time sacks leader DeMarcus Ware believes his old teammate Tyron Smith is the best tackle the NFL has to offer.
Smith was Ware’s teammate for his first three seasons in the league, and practiced against him every day for the past two years, after he moved from right tackle to left following his rookie season.
“I know when I was going against Tyron just what I was going against,” Ware said, per the Cowboys’ official website. “Run blocking, pass blocking, I feel like the best tackle in the league. I knew if I could beat him, I could beat anybody else.”
Ware added: “He’s out there mauling guys. I mean, just being a dominant guy out there on the corner, pass blocking and run blocking.”
The admiration is certainly mutual. Since Ware left Dallas, Smith has credited going against him with a good deal of his development thus far.
“The first year I came in was the lockout year, and I didn’t really know much,” Smith said. “But thanks to the best that helped me come along--Tony Romo, Doug Free, Kyle Kosier and DeMarcus Ware--DeMarcus Ware beat my butt every day, but it got me better.”
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