DeMarcus Ware is one of several NFL superstars participating in Depend Undergarments’ “Great American Try-On” campaign. The Dallas Cowboys linebacker recently sat down with The Shutdown Corner to talk about his role in the campaign and how fatherhood has changed his life.


The “Great American Try-On” campaign.

“When you think about it, it’s like the big cliché of … when you think about Depend, you just think about putting a diaper on. People need to get past that cliché, and when you bring in me, Wes, and Clay to show that it’s really not about the image people think. It’s okay to try these Depend Real-Fit briefs on. At first, when I put them on, I was like, ‘You know what? These are actually pretty comfortable — they feel better than the briefs I have on.’ So, it’s a great cause, and a big [campaign] for men. One out of every six guys has prostate cancer, so we’re really trying to raise awareness.”

How fatherhood has changed his life.

“With the trials we’ve been through, and having the opportunity to adopt our little daughter, Marley — she’s our big blessing, and she’s four years old now. She’s really taken over the house [laughs]. We were finally able to have a son, DeMarcus, Jr., and it’s been great. Fatherhood is always about responsibility — you’re just trying to teach them the great morals of life, and that’s just putting Christ first, and being a good person.”

The Work-Home balance.

“I think that’s really the true value — you get out there, and you work hard, but at the end of the day, does that really matter? I mean, what’s important? The most important thing is your kids — taking care of the and leaving that legacy. If you have a bad day at work, you get home and you hear, ‘Daddy.’ They’re smiling that innocent smile, and everything else goes to the wayside.”



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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