ARLINGTON, Texas – It's fitting that DeMarcus Ware would lead the Cowboys in sacks in a blowout victory the same day he sets the team's all-time sacks record.
Ware moved past Harvey Martin with his 115th career sack, bringing down Sam Bradford on a first down pass in the third quarter for his second sack of the day. The Cowboys finished the day with six total sacks against a team that hadn't allowed a single sack all year.
"Being etched in stone with some of the greats, the Hall of Fame guys, is a great opportunity, and it sort of shows me how consistent I've been over my career," Ware said. "I have to keep being that way to get to where I need to be. It's just a great opportunity being able to break Harvey Martin's record, but also knowing where I stand at. It's at the top, and it feels great."
Ware's two sacks upped his club record of multiple sack games to 28. He was the most disruptive force on an already disruptive defensive line, which recorded five of the team's six sacks on Sunday. Jason Hatcher, who had a sack and three quarterback hits, said it was awesome to be on the field for Ware's accomplishment.
"He's one of the best that ever did it. He's the best, in my opinion," Hatcher said. "It's a privilege to play alongside a guy like that, a future Hall of Famer. He's just a great teammate. He loves his teammates. It couldn't happen to a better guy."
It's not just the defensive linemen who consider it an honor to play with Ware. Cornerback Morris Claiborne described it as amazing to watch him set the record and see the Cowboys' fans give him a standing ovation.
"God blessed me to be a part of this and you know, to share that moment with him," Claiborne said. "It's a great feeling whenever you can go out there and have a teammate of that caliber." [embedded_ad]
Ware said it was essential to stop the run first and make the Rams one-dimensional. Once they were able to do that, that allowed them to put more pressure on the quarterback. His first sack came in an even more crucial situation, as he brought Bradford down in a seven-point game on a third-down pass.
He said it makes the record much sweeter when the team wins.
"There's a tradition of the Dallas Cowboys with Harvey Martin, and you talk about Charles Haley, 'Too Tall' Jones, the list goes on, Randy White," Ware said. "To have an opportunity to be etched in stone with those names really feels great."