Troy to Celebrate DeMarcus Ware Day on April 19

Super Bowl champion and former Troy Trojan great DeMarcus Ware will be honored by the state of Alabama, Troy University and the city of Troy on Tuesday, April 19.

TROY, Alabama (troytrojans.com) – Super Bowl champion and former Troy Trojan great DeMarcus Ware will be honored by the state of Alabama, Troy University and the city of Troy on Tuesday, April 19, as it will officially be DeMarcus Ware Day throughout the state. Ware will be recognized as an Alabama native and a Troy Trojan for his role in Super Bowl 50 and his stellar NFL career.

DeMarcus Ware Day will culminate with a special ceremony in Trojan Arena beginning at 5 p.m. Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., will present Ware with the Troy Distinguished Leadership Award and Troy Mayor Jason Reeves will present Ware with a key to the city.

The evening will also feature a special highlight video of Ware’s Super Bowl season in addition to footage from his days with the Trojans. “Voice of the Trojans” Barry McKnight will engage Ware in a special Q&A session, while the Troy Cheerleaders and the Sound of the South will also be in attendance to commemorate the historic day.

Earlier in the day, Ware will become the first Super Bowl winning player to be honored with a special proclamation from the state of Alabama as Governor Robert Bentley will hold a ceremony Tuesday morning at the Capitol Building. Ware will also address a special joint session of the Alabama Legislature before returning to Troy for the evening festivities.

Ware, a member of the inaugural class of the Troy University Sports Hall of Fame, played a vital role in Denver’s run to the Super Bowl 50 title.

In the AFC Championship Game against New England, Ware sacked Tom Brady twice, put the former MVP quarterback on his back seven times and hurried him on four other occasions. In the Super Bowl, Ware sacked MVP Cam Newton twice and recorded five tackles in the Broncos’ 24-10 victory.

Ware was selected with the 11th pick of the 2005 NFL Draft and spent the first nine years of his career with the Dallas Cowboys before joining the Broncos prior to the 2014 season. He has made nine Pro Bowl appearances, been named All-Pro seven times and was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Year in 2008.

While at Troy, Ware was instrumental in Troy’s transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2001 and finished his Trojan career as the program’s all-time leader in tackles for loss with 55.5. He finished his career with 27 sacks for a loss of 198 yards to rank among the all-time greats in Troy history.

Ware, who was named to the Sun Belt Conference All-Decade Team, was named the 2004 Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year and helped lead the Trojans to their first-ever bowl game with an appearance in the Silicon Valley Football Classic. That season, Ware made 53 tackles, 19 for a loss, and his 10.5 sacks led the Sun Belt Conference.

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