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Ring of Honor candidate DeMarcus Ware might have role with Cowboys

DeMarcus Ware said that after announcing his retirement last year, three teams called about getting him to keep playing. Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Someday in the future, DeMarcus Ware's name will be in the Dallas Cowboys' Ring of Honor.

At the time of Ware’s retirement last year, owner and general manager Jerry Jones said the franchise’s all-time leader in sacks will have his name up with the greatest players in franchise history inside AT&T Stadium.

“He did have a (timeline) but I won’t say,” Ware said Thursday from a press conference in which he was named a draft ambassador by the team for the NFL draft, which will take place at AT&T Stadium in April.

Ware was the Cowboys’ first-round pick in 2005 and recorded 117 sacks in his nine seasons. Seven times he was named to the Pro Bowl and four times he was a first-team All Pro. He was released after the 2013 season and spent three seasons with the Denver Broncos, winning a Super Bowl in 2015.

“When you first come here and you see all the names around the Ring at the old Cowboys stadium and I see now at the new Cowboys stadium, it’s almost like you can make your mark at the new star, that’s what I call the new stadium,” Ware said. “When Jerry told me that, that meant a lot. When Charlotte (Anderson) says that, it means a lot. You can etch your name in stone in history here with the Dallas Cowboys.”

The Cowboys have 21 members in the Ring of Honor but haven’t added a player since 2015 when Darren Woodson joined the group.

Before Ware enters the Ring of Honor, he could rejoin the organization through the team’s media department while also working on the field at times with the pass rushers. He spent one day with the defensive line last season.

“But I’m talking about really making an impact this year,” Ware said.

Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli coached Ware for a season and has been open to former players helping at different times during the season.

“He loved it because he knows I’m a technician and that’s what he predicates his game off of,” Ware said. “It’s about technique, knowing the strategy and that’s what I do very well and he enjoyed when I was out there.”

After announcing his retirement, Ware said he received three serious calls about returning to the field from teams, which he did not want to identify, including one near the end of the season. He missed not playing but not enough to make a comeback.

“I wouldn’t want to get back on the field, but in talking to some of the guys and the coaches I’m really trying to get back into mentoring the guys and maybe doing some pass-rush stuff with the guys throughout the week and doing some broadcasting stuff,” said Ware, whose contract with NFL Network expires in March. “I think it will be a great opportunity.”