Ware is more of a pass rush specialist who saw his best years playing as a 3-4 outside linebacker, he has struggled this season playing as a 4-3 defensive end and has been worn down due to taking on more double teams and constant blocking by offensive lineman, as opposed to when he was a linebacker and seeing his fair share of blocks versus a tight end or running back. It would have been interesting to see if Ware could have been as good a player he was when he played as a 3-4 OLB, if he played his entire career as a 4-3 defensive end.
Peppers on the other hand is quite possibly the greatest defensive end of all time after Reggie White, ahead of guys like Bruce Smith or Deacon Jones. Peppers dominates against the run as well as against the pass, he gets sacks, forced fumbles, fumble recoveries, passes defensed, interceptions, blocked kicks, and basically shuts down his side of the field.
So my questions to you fellas is do you think Peppers is more dominant than Ware, and would you trade Ware for Peppers?
College Football Awards and honors
- Sporting News Freshman All-American (1999)
- First-team All-ACC (2000)
- Second-team Associated Press All-American (2000)
- Second-team Football News All-American (2000)
- Division I-A sacks leader (2000)
- First-team All-ACC (2001)
- Consensus first-team All-American (2001)
- Bronko Nagurski Trophy finalist (2001)
- Chuck Bednarik Award (2001)
- Bill Willis Trophy (2001)
- Lombardi Award (2001)
NFL awards and honors
- NFL Rookie of the Month (10/02)
- 2002 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year
- Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie Team (2002)
- 2004 NFL Alumni Defensive Lineman of the Year
- 2004 NFC Defensive Player of the Year
- 2013 Brian Piccolo Award
- NFL 2000s All Decade Team
- Pro-Football-Reference All 2000s Team
- 100 Sacks Club
- 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 NFC Pro Bowl
- 2004, 2006, 2010 All-Pro First Team
- 2008, 2009, 2012 All-Pro Second Team
- Five time NFC Defensive Player of the Week (11/13/06, 11/9/08, 11/1/09, 11/18/10,12/23/12)
- Four time NFC Defensive Player of the Month (11/2004, 10/2006, 11/2010, 11/2011)
Panthers franchise records
- Most career sacks: (81)
- Most career forced fumbles: (30)
- Longest Interception return: 97 yards (vs. Denver Broncos 10/10/04)
NFL records and accomplishments
- Seventeenth most sacks in NFL history: 118
- Tied for fifth most double digit sack seasons in NFL history: 8
- Tied for fourth most games with at least three sacks: 9
- Tied for thirteenth most multiple sack games in NFL history: 30
- Tenth most forced fumbles in NFL history: 38
- Second most interceptions by a defensive lineman in NFL history: 9
- Most interception return yards by a defensive lineman in NFL history: 192 yds
- Most interception return yards in a single season by a defensive lineman in NFL history: 143 yds
- Most interception return yards in a single game by a defensive lineman in NFL history: 97 yds
- Longest interception return by a defensive lineman in NFL history: 97 yds
- Most combined interception and fumble return yards by a defensive lineman in a single season since NFL merger in 1970: 203 yds
- Tied for second most interceptions returned for a touchdown by a defensive lineman in NFL history: 2
- Third most passes defensed by a defensive lineman in NFL history: 62
- Second most blocked kicks in NFL history: 13
- Tied for eleventh most Pro Bowl appearances by a defensive lineman in NFL history: 8
|Career highlights and awards|
Ware is tied for the record of most seasons leading the league in sacks with two (2008 and 2010). Ware is tied with Mark Gastineau, 1983–84; Reggie White, 1987–88; Kevin Greene, 1994, 1996; Michael Strahan, 2001, 2003 and Jared Allen, 2007, 2011.
As of the end of the 2012 season, Ware has recorded 10+ sacks in 7 straight seasons. Only 2 other players in NFL history have more consecutive seasons with 10+ sacks:Reggie White (9), John Randle (8)
Ware is the second fastest player ever to reach 100+ sacks (Reggie White is the fastest) and just the 29th player in history to do so.
Ware has recorded 28 multiple-sack games and 32 forced fumbles, both most in club history.
Ware has ranked in the top three in total sacks league-wide in 4 out of the last 5 seasons (3rd place in 2007, 1st place in 2008, 7th place in 2009, 1st place in 2010, 2nd place in 2011) and is recognized by many as one of the top defensive players in the league.