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DeMarcus Ware announces retirement from the NFL: ‘It’s time’

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — DeMarcus Ware announced Monday that he is retiring from the NFL.

“After a lot of thought and prayer, I’ve decided to accept the unknown and retire from my NFL career,” Ware said in a statement posted on Twitter.

“I thank the Dallas Cowboys and the Denver Broncos for opportunities to experience what greatness feels like.”

“I will miss my teammates, coaches and fans, who supported me over the years. I’m hanging up my cleats and beginning the journey to my next destination.”

The outside linebacker played 12 seasons in the NFL, including three seasons with the Broncos. He was part the Super Bowl 50-winning team.

“Ware was instrumental in the Broncos’ 2015-16 run to Super Bowl 50, as he recorded 3.5 sacks during the team’s three-game march to the title,” the Broncos said in a statement.

Broncos general manager John Elway also responded on Twitter.

Ware will go down as one of the best defensive linemen in NFL history.