TROY, AL (WSFA) - Former Troy University football standout DeMarcus Ware spent the afternoon collecting donations for those affected by this year’s Lee County and Pike County tornadoes.
Ware and members of Troy University athletics collected supplies, clothes, shoes, etc. at St. Peter Baptist Church in Troy.
“We have people from down in the Troy community, from the football team, people around the community to donate,” said Ware. “If it’s clothes, toothpaste, toothbrush, whatever it is that we can donate to help out in the community.”
Dozens of individuals stopped by throughout the day not to just meet the eventual hall of famer, but to do their part in giving back.
“You can just see how everybody just gravitates to good,” said Ware. “When you’re doing something good, everybody wants to be a part of that. They also want to serve and they have a serving hearts in this community.”
The two communities, Lee County and Pike County, hold a special place in Ware’s heart. Not only is Ware a Troy University graduate, but Ware graduated high school from Auburn High.
“When the tornadoes hit Lee County, all the disasters that happened there and all of a sudden it hit home again in Pike County,” said Ware. “On Demarcus Ware Day, which is today, I really wanted to do something for change and something that would create some type of impact and raise awareness.”
Ware’s unselfish attitude has left a mark on those who want to follow in his footsteps.
“He’s God sent,” said current Troy football player ArDarius Wesley. “Anybody that can come back and serve that way, it’s amazing to see that. That just gives me hope and motivation to know that it doesn’t matter how much money you make or how big you go, you can still come back and serve your community.”
Ware has a busy schedule on Saturday as he will serve as an honorary coach in Troy football’s annual T-Day spring football game before throwing out the first pitch at Riddle-Pace Field for Troy baseball’s series finale against Appalachian State.