In February 2014, Spencer Ware won a Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks. In August 2014, however, the Seahawks released him.
Ware spent that season on the couch, thinking his NFL career might already be over.
“Watching (that season) at home and seeing the team that I was with go back to the Super Bowl again, that’s a pretty low point,” Ware said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “That gets you pretty hard. You start trying to figure out other options, other options in life, all the avenues that you tried to prepare for. I was actually going to go back to baseball and start to work out for that and hopefully get a try-out. I was trying to get some things set up for that spring, but that winter, the Kansas City Chiefs offered me a deal, so that spring I didn’t have to go out there.”
Ware’s life since then has been, in his words, “a blessing.” The 25-year-old had 1,368 total yards and five touchdowns (three rush, two receiving) in 14 games this season, helping the Chiefs (12-4) to an AFC West title and the 2-seed in the playoffs.
Needless to say, Ware loves being “the guy” in the Chiefs backfield.
“When I was in Seattle, they had Marshawn Lynch, so there was a guy in front of me,” Ware said. “Going through that time when they advanced to the Super Bowl, even though I wasn’t contributing as much as the starting guy, Marshawn, I was able to feel like, all right, when I get that opportunity, get that chance, I can take some things that I learned from him along the way. And the same thing with Jamaal (Charles). Sixteen games, that’s a long season, and to do that for eight years and be one of the best in NFL history, that says a lot.”
Kansas City will need a big game from Ware (ribs) this Sunday. The Chiefs host the Steelers at 1:05 p.m. ET, with a spot in the AFC Championship up for grabs.
Jay Ajayi, who rushed for 204 yards against Pittsburgh in October, was held to just 33 yards in a 30-12 loss this past weekend.
“I think they’re a very good defense,” Ware said of the Steelers. “They run to the ball, they take shots at the ball, we know they’re going to pressure us, and we know that they’re good on the front seven of that defense. They’re good on the back end as well, but we have to control their front seven for us to be victorious out there on offense on our side of the ball. Our defense, they have to stop their explosive offense and we can help on offense on our end by putting points on the board and converting on third down and keeping their explosive offense off the field with No. 7 (Ben Roethlisberger) and 26 (Le’Veon Bell).”