The NFL Hall of Fame Game had one of the most iconic and spine-chilling moments in recent years.
Former Denver Broncos superstar DeMarcus Ware sang the National Anthem in front of thousands of fans, proving that he wasn’t just an elite defensive end but also an outstanding performer as well.
When asked about his motivation behind that, he emotionally admitted that it was all in honor of his former teammate Demaryius Thomas, who passed away recently.
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) August 4, 2023
Apparently, Thomas and Ware used to sing the National Anthem on the sidelines together.
He died in 2021 from complications related to a seizure disorder, all while also struggling with CTE.
Notably, it all happened just ten months after he retired from the game.
The Broncos have paid multiple tributes to their former wide receiver, with Peyton Manning even launching a scholarship in his name.
Thomas was a fan favorite throughout his years with the Broncos, becoming one of Peyton Manning’s favorite targets during his days at Mile High.
Ware was also an elite contributor to the team’s success.
He logged 21.5 sacks in the regular season and 3.5 more in the playoffs during his three-year stint at Empower Field.
Notably, two of those sacks came against Cam Newton during Super Bowl 50, helping his team win the third Vince Lombardi trophy in franchise history.NEXT: Nick Wright Doubts Russell Wilson's Chances To Bounce Back