Sunday, September 22, 2013
DeMarcus Ware gets Dallas sacks record
By Calvin Watkins
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The NFL's all-time sack leader is Bruce Smith with 200.
Before the sack became an official NFL stat in 1982, NFL teams kept track of their own sack leaders.
For the Dallas Cowboys, defensive end Harvey Martin was the franchise's unofficial sack leader with 114. But defensive end DeMarcus Ware, 31, surpassed him with two sacks in the victory against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.
"You think about the Dallas Cowboys and their tradition and what this record stands for," Ware said. "They have Charles Haley, Too Tall Jones, Randy White and being at the top, the pyramid let's me know how consistent I've been, and it was worth it."
Ware, who has 115, picked up the magic sack in the third quarter.
"I will never forget it: Bill (Parcells) and I made a bet when we drafted him and had a little fun with it, and I think of it every time I think of his numbers of sacks," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "I can’t say it’s unexpected because of how hard he works and his talent level and just his competiveness; it doesn’t surprise me at all that he can do this. How many did he get today? Two, OK."
Jones said the bet included the following: If Ware didn't average a certain number of sacks in the first five years of his career, Parcells would get five free rides on Jones' private jet, a G-5. Ware also broke a tie with Sean Jones for sole possession of 17th place on the all-time sack list. Ware also has the club lead with 28 games of multiple sacks.
"That was awesome," defensive tackle Jason Hatcher said of Ware. "It's awesome to play with that guy. He's one of the best who ever did it. He's the best, no disrespect to Charles Haley. (Ware) is just a freak. It's a privilege to play alongside a guy like that, a future Hall of Famer, just a great teammate; he loves his teammates, it couldn’t happen to a better guy. He's got a lot of juice in him. He looks like he's 25 years old."