TFG Interview: Cowboys LB DeMarcus Ware on QB Concussions, Cowboys Playoffs Chances, and Trusting His Power
By: The Football Girl | Posted: November 13, 2012
A few weeks ago I was incessantly begging you to sign up for a Fan-cestry, a new fan profile powered by Procter & Gamble. The core reason being that I was engaged in a contest with fellow bloggers to win two Super Bowl tickets, which I would donate to Make-a-Wish (We find out results shortly! And you can still sign up for a Fan-cestry.). The second is because we at TFG are working with P&G for the rest of the season, most specifically with their Duracell brand.
Through this partnership I get to be specially clued into all the happenings within Duracell’s Trust Your Power campaign, particularly those involving NFL players. A couple of weeks ago I spoke with 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis about his relationship with Duracell and raising money for youth scholarships.
Today I had the opportunity to speak with Cowboys four-time All-Pro linebacker DeMarcus Ware about his surprise visit to Lancaster High School’s (Lancaster, Texas) playoff bound football team this afternoon, again as part of the Trust Your Power program. We also talked about the NFL’s recent concussion epidemic, and discussed whether the Cowboys had a shot at mimicking Lancaster and securing a playoff spot.
Melissa Jacobs: First off, what exactly are you doing today at Lancaster High School?
DeMarcus Ware: I’m at Lancaster High School campaigning with Duracell and “Trust Your Power,” encouraging kids to be positive on and off the field. We want to let them know that whatever they did it’s really important. It’s also a bit of a second chance where Duracell comes in here and gives them gear and advice to sort of help them get over the hump. It’s just a great opportunity
MJ: Why was this particular high school chosen?
DW: In the state of Texas there are so many huge high schools, and this right here is one of the low-end high schools. I’m looking at it now and it’s bigger than my high school but it’s one of the low end ones. They made the playoffs with not as much as others school have, which is in terms of equipment and being in a lower pedigree and still getting to the playoffs. I think they’re 9-1 this year and with them whipping through that adversity they’re a great candidate for this.
MJ: Duracell’s big branding motto for this NFL season is “trust your power.” What does that phrase mean to you?
DW: I use the fans as an example. If you can get your fans to come out there and cheer as hard as they can and cheer you on you feel like you have that 12th man out there who can intimidate the other team. But also just having confidence in you, confidence in one person who can make an impact. For the way you live and how you are with the opportunities you have. You have to strive and do your best with what you’ve got.
MJ: You are one of the most charitable guys in the NFL. How do you pick and choose your causes?
DW: Anything that has to do with the kids and serving in the community, especially for me coming form a small school and then having opportunities. I have an opportunity to look kids in the face and let them know it’s not about where you come from; it’s how you use what you have to get to where you need to be.
MJ: Now onto football. After that big win over Philadelphia and a loss by New York, how are you feeling about your playoff chances at the moment?
DW: With what we have I feel like we can get to the playoffs and where we need to be. We just have to be consistent. Be consistent and figuring out how to get a win each week no matter how that is. It’s now how you do; it’s that you have to do it.
MJ: You’re one sack away from joining an elite group with double-digit sacks in at least seven straight seasons. Who do you think is the greatest pass rusher of all-time?
DW: The greatest of all time is Reggie White. He’s the guy that was unstoppable. He also carried that Christian cross with him, and I really commend him for that. And just having the opportunity to see how he played and how he carried himself. I feel like he was a great guy.
MJ: Were you affected when you heard about all the quarterback concussions this past weekend?
DW: No, I wasn’t affected by that. I don’t think about that at all. It’s just when the quarterbacks are back there and taking a hit, they’re not used to being hit. In this league we are really honing in on safety and getting the right equipment. Those guys, I hope they get better, but I’m glad they’re doing research with the NFPA and NFL on concussions because they can hurt you later on in your career.
MJ: Do you think the current helmets are protective enough against a guy like you, for instance?
DW: I think it doesn’t matter what type of helmet you wear. If you don’t know the hit is coming your body is not going to tense up and get ready for impact. I imagine, what the average head weighs around 10 pounds? Some heads weigh 15. When a 250-pound guy is coming at it, it won’t be able to withstand that impact.
MJ: What is your favorite thing about playing in Jerry’s World, and you can interpret that as the stadium or playing for the man himself? Your choice.
DW: I think the best thing in playing for the Dallas Cowboys is the tradition and what it stands for. There are so many guys who have come through here and made their mark and to have the opportunity to be part of this tradition is a dream come true.
MJ: Thanks for the time. Great stuff you’re doing on the field and off.
DW: Thank you. Take care.