DeMarcus Ware Thought About Retirement In 2009 After Neck Injury

DeMarcus Ware is on his way to being one of the top sack masters the NFL has ever seen.

That realization was almost derailed by a neck injury suffered in 2009 against the San Diego Chargers.

During a recent interview with GQ magazine, Ware came clean about his fears from that fateful night.

You never think that you’ll be the guy who’s on the stretcher. It’s usually a special teams guy, because they have those big impact hits. But the guys on offense and defense, we don’t have enough speed built up to have that impact. When I went down, everything just stopped. I thought, “Why am I here?” I actually thought that my body was moving. I thought I was moving my arms, I thought I was moving my legs. But I wasn’t. I couldn’t move. Mentally, I was moving. But physically, I wasn’t. I’m sitting there, just thinking. I was thinking, “I’m that guy.” Everyone was watching me, just lying there, unable to do anything. I felt embarrassed, actually. They strapped me up, and I wasn’t able to move my neck or arms or legs, but I said, “I’m alright. I’m alright.” Then it finally hit me when they took my facemask off. When they took that facemask off, they took something out of me.

“I was so scared. I started thinking about my family. I thought, ‘I might have to give football up.'”

“I really thought I might have to retire, because I just couldn’t imagine going through something so traumatic again.”

Ware never missed a game and went out the next week and had a pretty amazing game in a win against the then undefeated New Orleans Saints.

That was 3 years ago.

The all time sack record is still attainable.