DeMarcus Ware has already taken part in some ads for Campbell's Chunky Soup as well as SoBe Life Water, and know the All-Pro linebacker will be featured in the Venom Engery drink ads coming out soon.
They were shooting pictures for life-sized cut outs and billboards of Ware that will go out around the area during the season. He is replacing Terrell Owens as the spokesperson.
Wearing a skin-tight black shirt with the Venom logo on the front as his unfiform, Ware cast an imposing figure as he peered into the camera. Although I found it funny as the photographer told him to be "tough, kind of a bad ***," that Michael Jackon's "Who's bad?" was playing on the iPod system.
Ware, however, got into character, squeezing the football and saying, "You want some of this? Come get you some."
"I like this," he said in a break. "You can be yourself a little and your personality can come out."
Ware was among the finalists to be on the cover for the John Madden 2009 game for EA Sports but that went to Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh's Troy Polamalu. With the "Madden curse," maybe some fans are glad Ware was passed over.
All-Pro linebacker DeMarcus Ware was doing a photo shoot for an upcoming ad for Venom Energy drink today, and we were able to catch up with him a little bit between shots.
On his contract talks, he said they are getting "closer," and that he is not frustrated a deal hasn't been completed yet. He sounded slightly peeved over the weekend when he was asked by Brad Sham about the talks.
Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison came in with a $51 million deal with $20 million guaranteed, while Washington paid Albert Haynesworth $100 million with $41 million guaranteed.
"I feel like it's somewhere in there," Ware said. "It's not 51. It might not be 100. It's somewhere between the two. Maybe it's 94."
That drew a hearty laugh from everybody because it matches his uniform number. Maybe he can take No. 99 now that Chris Canty is gone and get closer to $100 millon.
Ware is definitely in that neighborhood, however. I said this before on the blog - he plays a more important position, is younger and is better than Haynesworth, so he should get more than $41 million and become the league's highest paid defensive player.
The question will be this - how close is he to the top quarterbacks in terms of average per year? Is it $15 million per? Is it $16 mil?
"I'm not frustrated because at the end of the day I know I can play," said Ware, who led the league with 20 sacks in 2008. "Like I say, I'm a Ferrari. The only thing I do is appreciate. It's on them to get it done."