By Simon Samano/@sjsamano
For FOX Deportes
The DeMarcus Ware we see on Sunday’s is a man possessed, so feared and ruthless in proving himself as the best pass rusher in the NFL.
Off the field, though, the Cowboys’ outside linebacker is as soft and gentle as they come. Nothing makes him that way more so than his children.
For proof, you need only to refer to Ware’s interview Monday on ESPN’s “Dan Le Batard Is Highly Questionable”. His voice softened, and his dimples sprung to life when talking about his “little sweetheart” Marley.
She was the newborn Ware and his wife, Taniqua, adopted in 2008 after three failed pregnancies resulted in two miscarriages and a still born son, Omar, who was cremated the same day he was born in 2006.
“We just didn’t want to do it anymore. We didn’t want to try anymore,” Ware said. “We said, you know, now it’s time for us to lean to another direction to where being more comfortable with helping out another person. And that’s when we adopted our little sweetheart, Marley.”
Marley, now 4 years old, is Latina, unlike her African-American parents. Ware admits that didn’t entirely sit well with people, although that didn’t matter to the Wares. To them, love knows no color barriers. Makes sense considering they named their daughter after reggae legend Bob Marley, who preached “One Love” in his music.
“It was our calling to adopt Marley because of her situation and her circumstances,” Ware said. “A lot of people didn’t accept it, but not everybody’s going to accept what you do in life. You’ve got to be comfortable with it, look yourself in the mirror, and be happy with your decision.”
They say all good things come to those who wait, and that certainly seemed true for the Wares. Marley was just the beginning of their reversal of fortune, as Taniqua successfully gave birth to son DeMarcus Jr. in November 2010.
Finally, Ware’s dream came true.
“I sat back, and I thought about all the things that I’ve been through in my life, and I never gave up. I was always patient,” Ware said of the day DeMarcus Jr. was born. “And God granted me what I wanted, and that was a little child of my own.”
Now that is a beautiful story.