DeMarcus Ware clarifies comments

Updated: April 22, 2013, 5:16 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

GRAPEVINE, Texas -- Defensive end DeMarcus Ware spoke to Tony Romo about the "put up or shut up" comments he made regarding the Dallas Cowboys earlier this month that were perceived as though he took a shot at the quarterback.

"Any words [coming out of] your mouth, they automatically are going to twist the words that you [say]," Ware said Sunday night from a charity event to support the North Texas Food Bank.

"I talked to Romo about that. It doesn't come off as what it was [portrayed] as. It's all about I tell them when it's time to play: You know what? Put everything else behind you and put your best foot forward. He's that guy for us, and he's going to be that guy for us," he said.

In an interview with Sirius XM radio two weeks ago, Ware said Romo was deserving of his new seven-year, $119.5 million contract.

"I feel like, you know, everybody is deserving of whatever is given to them," Ware said on Sirius XM. "But at the end of the day, to me, it's put up or shut up. I'm just being straight up honest with you. Get out there and be productive, and that's with any player. Whatever they get, they're deserving of it. You just got to get out there and play, and I know he can be and will be the quarterback who will take us to the next level."

There was a perception Ware was attacking Romo, who has one playoff victory and is 1-6 in win-or-go-home games, but Ware said Sunday that's not the case.

The "put up or shut up" comments were about the team overall, he said. The Cowboys have finished the past two seasons at 8-8 and have missed the postseason.

"That's everybody," Ware said. "If you get out there, like I said, it's put up or shut up. Produce or don't get on the field. That's the bottom line."

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