Peyton Manning and DeMarcus Ware attend Broncos OTAs Thursday

Peyton Manning (left) and DeMarcus Ware (right) share a laugh on the field Thursday.
Peyton Manning (left) and DeMarcus Ware (right) share a laugh on the field Thursday. (Credit: Denver Broncos)

The Broncos welcomed a pair of NFL legends to OTAs Thursday, as members of the Super Bowl 50 championship team showed up to Dove Valley for an up-close view of the 2018 squad. Both Peyton Manning and DeMarcus Ware were in attendance Thursday as the team concluded the second three-day OTA period this May.

Ware has been working with the Broncos young pass rushers as a guest coast throughout OTAs. Manning appeared to simply be in attendance as a guest Thursday, but reportedly has been working with Colts QB Andrew Luck this spring.  

Ware, now 35, retired in 2016 as one of the league’s all-time great pass rushers. In 12 seasons with the Cowboys and Broncos, Ware recorded 138.5 sacks and over 500 total tackles. The versatile defensive end/linebacker was widely revered for his football savvy and for always being one step ahead of opposing linemen. With his playing days behind him, Ware is now taking the time to pass down some of that wisdom to a younger generation of players.

Following Wednesday’s practice, defensive end Shelby Harris explained what it is like to work with someone like Ware.

“When DeMarcus says something, you listen. Because you know he’s one of the all-time greats when it comes to getting to the quarterback,” Harris said.

“He has a lot of good insight and you want to pick his brain. You want to sit there and see what he thinks, and the way he thinks when it comes to rushing the passer…You should’ve seen today. He was talking to us and all the D-Linemen were circled around him and listened to what had to say. Because how often do you get a first-ballot Hall of famer to come in and talk to you and try to teach you about pass rushing?”

The Broncos will conclude OTAs from June 4-7 and will hold a mandatory minicamp from June 12-14.

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