DeMarcus Ware is the first former Troy player elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The announcement was made on Thursday night during the NFL Honors ceremony.

Ware, who is in his second year on the ballot, becomes one of 16 players from an Alabama high school or college to become an NFL Hall of Famer. He will join eight others in the 2023 induction class.

Ware, a defensive end, was drafted into the NFL with the 11th pick by the Dallas Cowboys. He played nine seasons with the Cowboys and closed his career with three seasons in Denver. He was a starter on the Broncos Super Bowl championship team in the 2015 season. He was a nine-time Pro Bowler, four-time first team All-Pro selection and member of the NFL 2000s All-Decade team.

The Auburn High product finished his Troy career as the program’s all-time leader in tackles for loss with 55.5, and he had 27 sacks. He was a finalist for the 2004 Hendricks Award, which is given to college football’s top defensive end.

Others in the induction class are offensive tackle Joe Thomas, linebacker Zach Thomas, cornerback Darrelle Revis, cornerback Rondé Barber, coach Don Coryell, linebacker Chuck Howley, defensive lineman Joe Klecko and cornerback Ken Riley.

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