DeMarcus Ware was flooded with praise after he decided to call it a career last week. But one of the funniest messages he received might’ve come from his first NFL coach, Bill Parcells.
Parcells, who drafted Ware 11th overall in the 2005 NFL Draft when he was coaching the Dallas Cowboys, sent a joking text message to Ware congratulating him on his retirement.
“Not bad for a wide receiver from Auburn High School,” Parcells texted Ware, according to The MMQB’s Peter King. “Pretty good career.”
Believe it or not, the sack master started his career as a wide receiver at Auburn High School in Alabama. He then emerged as a defensive end at Troy University and went on to record 138.5 sacks in 12 professional seasons. Parcells admitted that Jerry Jones and the rest of the of Dallas front office convinced him to take Ware, even though he wasn’t sold on him.
“DeMarcus was a defensive end at Troy,” Parcells said. “We were going to make him a linebacker. I’m not crazy about projections picked that high in the first round. I would rather have taken a lineman. But Jerry and them wanted to take him. Thank God they did.”
That wound up being a pretty good decision, as Ware could wind up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame one day.