DALLAS - SEPTEMBER 30: Linebacker DeMarcus Ware #94 of the Dallas Cowboys sacks quarterback Marc Bulger #10 of the St. Louis Rams at Texas Stadium September 30, 2007 in Irving, Texas. The Cowboys won 35-7. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Voted on by the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee, the team will not be announced in its entirety until Sunday night, on a special edition of ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown. Those players who made the 2009 Pro Bowl as well as the All-Decade Team (12 in all), however, were announced yesterday.
Ware was the only Cowboy to make the cut.
Because he has been so thoroughly lauded over the past few years, Ware's selection to the All-Decade team seems fairly unsurprising. His heroics--a run at the single-season sack record in 2008, his dramatic return from a neck injury against the Saints in 2009, his standing as, to use an old cliche, "one of the league's good guys," etc.--are all well documented.
However, the surprise (if there is any) comes from a matter of time.
Ware entered the league as a 23-year-old in 2005, the decade in question half gone. Since, he's made a pretty convincing case for himself, as far as this sort of thing is concerned, going to four straight Pro Bowls and being named All-Pro thrice in the past three years.
Apparently, this latter half of the decade was good enough to merit the votes necessary for Ware's inclusion; frankly, we won't argue with it.