CANTON, Ohio – On Aug. 22, 2005, it did not take DeMarcus Ware long to make an impression.
Going against Seattle’s perennial Pro Bowl tackle Walter Jones in just his second preseason game ever, Ware had three tackles, two forced fumbles, a sack, an interception, a pass deflection and a fumble recovery.
Parcells was quick to remind those asking questions after the game to not get Ware’s bust for the Pro Football Hall of Fame ready just yet.
“With this media the way it is nowadays and the internet and the social media, we’re quick to anoint these guys,” Parcells said Friday. “You know, that’s the last thing he needed to hear, in my opinion, at the time because he really didn’t know what the hell he was doing and that was the truth. But he found out and he continued to do it well. I’m proud of him and he’s turned into quite a football player.”
Perhaps one who could have his bust at the Pro Football Hall of Fame with Parcells’ bust. Ware has been named to the Pro Bowl for the last seven years and his 111 sacks are a team record.
“He’s done a terrific job, that kid,” Parcells said. “He’s a good competitive kid and he’s a high-quality person, highly motivated. He’s a quality guy.”