Ware spent 12 years as an NFL outside linebacker. He was the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys and, in 2007, was the 2nd Cowboy to ever record at least 14 sacks in a season. Ware also tied an NFL record for recording a sack in 10 straight games. He was the 29th player in NFL history to reach 100 or more sacks, a 2016 Super Bowl champion with the Denver Broncos, and had nine Pro Bowl appearances. Ware was a four-time First-team All-Pro member, a three-time Second-team All-Pro member, two-time NFL sacks leader, and made the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team. He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2021.