Dallas Cowboys

In Case You Forgot: DeMarcus Ware is One of the Good 'Boys

As l've learned throughout seasons of covering him at Valley Ranch and last year hosting his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan, Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware is a good great player but an even better dude.

That fact was reiterated this week when Ware confirmed that he will decline $60,000 in lockout payments from the NFL Players Association.

Because he was on the active roster every week of the '09 and '10 seasons, Ware and players like him are eligible to receive $60,000 over a six-week period during the lockout.

"I think it builds a unity," Ware said yesterday. "Lets guys know there are players out there with you, who will give up their $60,000, that this is a brotherhood, this is a fraternity."

I know, it's easy to turn down $60,000 when you've got a $79 million contract that guarantees you $40 million.

But what Ware did during a stop at an Irving elementary school solidified his status.

Ware made a $5,000 donation to Farine Elementary School to help with the medical bills of first-grader Misael Rico, who was hit by a car in January.

"I just thought, 'You're a blessed guy and you have enough money, so let's help out,'" Ware said. "It just kind of came over me because I wanted to help the cause."

I know you can do with your money what you want, but if Dez Bryant wants to patch up his public image he'd put down the jewelry and pay a visit to Rico ASAP.

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Richie Whitt
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