Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware finally got the respect he believes he deserves when he was named the sixth-best player in the NFL by his peers in the annual Top 100 Players list. Ware was upset with his spot outside the top 10 last season, saying he thought he should have been No. 1. He’s the second-best defender according to his fellow pro football players, right after New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis at No. 5.
Ware was on pace to break Michael Strahan’s single-season sack record last season, but came up short with 19.5 sacks on the year. While most Cowboys fans are satisfied with Ware’s rank, he’s still not content.
“You’re never satisfied until you’re No. 1,” Ware said with a light-hearted smile on his face. “So I’m still holding a grudge.”
The Cowboys have three players in the top 100, including quarterback Tony Romo at No. 91, tight end Jason Witten at No. 75 and Ware at No. 6. Perhaps the low ranking of Romo and Witten will motivate Dallas’ offensive players to out-perform expectations in 2012 to try and improve on those rankings in 2013 and add guys like receiver Dez Bryant and running back DeMarco Murray to the list.