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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama native and NFL star DeMarcus Ware was honored by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and the state legislature following a standout season with the Denver Broncos.

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Bentley on Tuesday honored the outside linebacker at a ceremony declaring April 19 as DeMarcus Ware Day. Ware later addressed legislators on the floor of the House of Representatives.

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Ware, an Auburn native, played football at Troy University. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2005 and signed with the Broncos in 2014.

After missing several games last season due to injury, Ware had several standout performances during the playoff season. The Broncos emerged as Super Bowl champions after defeating the Carolina Panthers.

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