Dallas Cowboy's Linebacker Demarcus Ware and Wife Adopt Baby

Dallas Cowboy's Linebacker Demarcus Ware and Wife Adopt Baby

Dallas Cowboy's Linebacker Demarcus Ware,25, and his wife Taniqua,26, have finally become parents after 3 failed pregnancies. 

The Wares always wanted a large family, boys and girls, maybe twins but it appeared that their dream might never happen after Taniqua had miscarriage after miscarriage. After the third pregnancy came to an end due to miscarriage, fate intervened.

While Ware was picking up his car after repairs at a dealership in Grapevine, Tex., he struck up a conversation with its business manager, Justin Norwood. Months earlier, when Ware bought the car, he noticed photographs of Norwood’s adopted son on the wall and their conversations quickly turned to adoption. Norwood’s father, Jim, the pastor of Oakcrest Family Church in Kennedale, Tex., runs a ministry program for women. A few days later, Norwood called the Wares to say that his father knew a woman due to give birth soon who was offering her child for adoption.

Marley is that child. She was born on leap day, Feb. 29, with a black Mohawk that Taniqua said “you had to see to believe.” The Wares, who were at a wedding in Manhattan at the time, caught the first flight home.

At the hospital, Ware said, he told Taniqua, “You a momma now.” She replied, “And you a daddy.”

They named her after Bob Marley, Ware’s favorite reggae singer. Marley, with an infectious smile, is drawn to lenses, and the Wares document her so often that they run low on memory in their camera and camcorder. She has many nicknames, including Stinker and Daddy’s Little Princess.

Ware “lights up Marley’s day,” Christy Shepard, a family friend, said, adding: “She smiles when she sees him across the room. When he comes in, it’s like nobody else exists.” The feeling appears to be mutual. “That dude is just one proud papa,” Norwood said. “He’s always, always talking about his daughter.”

The Wares plan to try to conceive again, and they have talked about becoming a foster family. Recently, they started working with Jonathan’s Place, a local nonprofit adoption and boarding agency for abandoned and abused children. Ware said he hoped to become a spokesman for the agency.

He would tell everyone how Marley — and his struggle to become a father — changed his life, made him more responsible, fulfilled him in a way that football never had.

“Our little angel,” Ware said.
Congrats to them, Marley is adorbale and they make a lovely family!

9 comments: to “ Dallas Cowboy's Linebacker Demarcus Ware and Wife Adopt Baby

  • Anonymous
    June 17, 2008 at 8:08 PM  


  • KizzDaLipz
    June 18, 2008 at 5:12 AM  

    I see what you're saying about African American Kids in need of being adopted but I'm sure after 3 failed pregnancies, Race was not an issue. They just wanted a child. WHen they were made aware of a girl giving her baby up, I'm sure "What color is she?" was the last thing on their minds. They probably just saw it as an opportunity to become parents. Maybe if another adopton is in their future, they might be able to seek out a black child next go round. White, black, hispanic, or whatever, I'm just glad that child has found a home.

  • Brittney
    June 18, 2008 at 7:00 AM  

    I commented about this issue on the radio this morning, and I feel that color does not matter when it comes to love. Raciest people see in color, and that is not fair when it comes to innocent children. I have noticed alot of black people favoritise their own color, and that is ok, but there is a line that should not be crossed when it comes to children. Imagine if you are black and lived in an area where the majority of the population was white. You send your child to school hoping that they are not treated badly just because of their color. And sometimes it happens, but I know you would be in that school raising he** becuase your child got their feelings hurt. Children are innocent, they do not deserve to be judged like that in any kind of way. And there are just as many caucasian orphans and unfortunate families out there as black. If everyone was as raciest as the first person that commented this article, America wouldn't be this great land of opportunity that it is today. Racism is silly and there is no need for it. We are all just human beings with feelings and the need to be loved and nurtured, no matter what color, race, or ethnicity.

  • Anonymous
    June 18, 2008 at 7:19 AM  

    Ummm, how do you know what the ethnic background of this baby is? The baby could be African-American, there are light-skinned brothers and sisters all over the earth. The baby could be mixed. Either way, must we always find something wrong in positive situations? They gave a child a home, and I am sure that they feel blessed to be parents regardless of what color the baby may or may not be.

  • Anonymous
    June 18, 2008 at 7:32 AM  

    Are you kidding. Lose three babies and then come talk to me about color of a baby that needs a family. I hope no one ever has to experience that type of loss and bee required to function normally. Yes I agree there are plenty of african american babies out there that need adopting, but this was a godsend and to let color come before God's grace is stupid. They were blessed with a beautfiful daughter nuf said.

  • Anonymous
    June 27, 2008 at 5:07 AM  

    Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Ware! I think it is a beautiful comment on life and very generous of both of you to adopt a baby.
    Love her always and each other.

  • Anonymous
    August 15, 2008 at 1:29 PM  

    I ran across this cite by mistake. I am glad that they decided to adopt a child. You have to be African American to understand and no were not color blind or prejudice. I have been involve in the community a long time and there are not enough African American volunteers to assist with the black childrens. Yes, he does have the right to adopt who he want. I agree with you, with all the African American children without parents why. And for those of you who say it's not a problem. I can assure you that if Mr. Ware did not have the high status he have he would have had a hard time adopting that white child. As African American's we spend so much time talking and talking. Yes, this is a positive situation but, please reality is reality. Remember everyone have a right to their own opinion. It's a decision that they have to live with forever.


  • Anonymous
    November 22, 2008 at 9:31 AM  

    Maybe the first poster should ask why there are so many African American children who need to be adopted? Unless he/she has adopted a black child, then do not criticize others

  • Anonymous
    March 4, 2009 at 6:58 PM  

    Ok first of all these comments about black parents with adopting a white kid. IT DOESNT MATTER! NEWSFLASHHHHHH!!!!! We are not living in times where there are pple drinking outa different Water Foutains anymore! It doesnt matter. This is pathetic. I know some ppple out here are so worried about color, get over it! Your not adopting the baby THEY are. Its none of anyones business. Theyre happy and thats all that matters! If you religious, do you think God cares about color? DONT THINK SO!

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