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September 06, 2012

DeMarcus Ware doesn't get five sacks; two will have to do

DeMarcus Ware didn’t get five sacks against Eli Manning, as the woman in the NFL’s Back to Football commercial tried to make him promise. But he did get two. Ware, who entered the game with 99.5 sacks, went over 100 sacks for his career on his first sack of Eli Manning. He added another in the first half.

“I’ve always talked about consistency since my rookie season, and being able to try to do the same things every year and getting pressure on the quarterback and being named with a guy like Reggie White, just to have that opportunity is a great honor,” Ware said.

Ware has sacked Manning more than any other quarterback, with 12.5 against the Giants quarterback. He had 1.5 sacks against Manning in the regular-season finale last season.

"I'll take two," Ware said. "I think it was key situations. It was a different game, a different demeanor. We played with a lot of tenacity out there. And we played from the first quarter to the fourth."

Ware can become the team’s all-time sacks leader this year.

Though sacks didn’t become an official NFL statistic until 1982, the Cowboys still recognize Harvey Martin as their all-time leader with the 114 he had from 1973-83. They list Randy White second (111 from 1975-88) and Ed Jones third (106 from 1974-78, 1980-89).

-- Charean Williams


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