Denver Broncos defensive end DeMarcus Ware was asked shortly after the clock ran out in Santa Clara if the victory wasn’t a little bittersweet given all the years of striving for the same goal (but falling short) with the Dallas Cowboys, the team that drafted him, and the future Hall of Famer didn’t shy away from acknowledging that there was some of that in there.
"Is this bittersweet? Yeah,” Ware said, per the Dallas Morning News. “You play for a team for a long time, and you think about, you know, you would really like to play for them. But now you went to another team and there is change. Every year, you always feel like you're going to make the Super Bowl, but you weren't able to finish it out. You have to cherish where your feet are, you have to live in the moment, and it's an experience for you.
"It's a big opportunity to be here. I'm looking forward to whatever comes at me.”
Ware, the Cowboys’ all-time sacks leader, had a pair of sacks of Cam Newton on Sunday, and five tackles. But celebrating after, Ware couldn’t help but think of a few former teammates he wishes could have been there with him.
"I wish Jason Witten was here," Ware said. "Or Tony Romo was here. Jay Ratliff. Chris Canty."