According to Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News, since his rookie year in 2005 no player in the NFL has had more sacks than the Cowboys’ DeMarcus Ware. That distinction, however, was not enough to get him voted as one of 2011’s top 10 players according to his peers.
Ware, who has 80 sacks since 2005, six more than second place Jared Allen, is arguably the best pass rusher in the NFL. But according to a players vote that has been unveiled on the NFL Network, Ware was given the No. 12 overall ranking.
Ware appeared on the NFL Network on Sunday to dispute his ranking. “You know, I think I should be the number one guy on the list,” Ware said. “But at the end of the day, people are going to vote you where they think you should be.” The network is in the process of airing a 10-part series on the 100 best players in the NFL. The top ten are the only players yet to be revealed.
Ware is the first player in Cowboy history to either lead for be tied for the team lead in sacks in each of his first five seasons. He is the only defender in the league with at least 10 sacks in each of the last four seasons and his 20 sacks in 2008 is second only to Lawrence Taylor in NFL history among linebackers for a single season. He already ranks ninth on the Cowboys all-time sack list with 64.5.
Ware generously made a list of the top pass rushers NOT named DeMarcus Ware: .) Julius Peppers , 2.) Dwight Freeney , 3.) Jared Allen, 4.) James Harrison and 5.) Clay Matthews.