Spencer Ware
No. 40     
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-11-23) November 23, 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth: Cincinnati, Ohio
Career information
College: LSU
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 6 / Pick: 194
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Seattle Seahawks ( 2013)
Roster status: Reserve/PUP
Career highlights and awards
* Super Bowl champion (XLVIII)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Rushing attempts     340
Rushing yards     1,580
Rushing touchdowns     11
Receptions     59
Receiving yards     676
Receiving touchdowns     2

Spencer Raleigh Ware III (born November 23, 1991) is an American football running back for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at LSU, and played in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks, with whom he won Super Bowl XLVIII as a rookie. He then spent four seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Early yearsEdit

Ware attended and played high school football at Princeton High School.[1][2]

College careerEdit

During his football career, Ware rushed for 1,240 yards on 292 carries with ten touchdowns. Southeastern Conference coaches named him a second-team All-SEC selection after the 2011 season.[3] He also played 21 games for the LSU Tigers baseball team.[4]

After his junior season, Ware decided to forgo his senior season and entered the 2013 NFL Draft.[5]

Collegiate statisticsEdit

Spencer Ware Rushing Receiving
Year School Conf Class Pos G Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD
2010 LSU SEC FR RB 11 24 175 7.3 1 10 101 10.1 0
2011 LSU SEC SO RB 13 177 707 4.0 8 11 73 6.6 1
2012 LSU SEC JR RB 12 94 367 3.9 1 18 230 12.8 1
Career LSU 36 295 1249 4.2 10 39 404 10.4 2

Professional careerEdit

Seattle Seahawks Edit

Ware was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft with the 194th overall pick.[6] He appeared in two games as a rookie and recorded three carries for ten yards.[7] He was released on August 20, 2014.[8]

Kansas City Chiefs Edit

On December 31, 2014, Ware signed a future contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.[9]

On September 5, 2015, he was waived by the Chiefs and was re-signed to the practice squad.[10] Ware was activated off the practice squad for the Week 8 matchup against the Detroit Lions for the NFL game in London on November 1, 2015. In this game, Ware scored his first NFL touchdown, a four-yard run, in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions.[11] Ware ended the 2015 season playing in 11 games with two starts, rushing for 403 yards and six touchdowns.[12]

In 2016, with starter Jamaal Charles coming off a knee injury suffered in 2015, Ware became the starter for 2016. He started 14 games, rushing for 921 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught 33 passes for 447 yards and two touchdowns.[13]

Coming into the 2017 season, Ware was projected to be the Chiefs' starting running back after the release of longtime starter Jamaal Charles. In the team's third preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, Ware suffered a torn PCL and additional knee damage.[14] He was placed on injured reserve on September 2, 2017.[15]

On November 30, 2018, he was named starting running back for the Kansas City Chiefs following the release of starting running back Kareem Hunt after he misled the team regarding an assault alleged to have occurred earlier that year.[16] In his first game as the new starter, Ware achieved 47 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown against the Oakland Raiders.[17] He finished the 2018 season with 246 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.[18]

Indianapolis Colts Edit

On April 30, 2019, Ware signed with the Indianapolis Colts.[19] He was placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list on August 2 after undergoing ankle surgery.[20]

Personal lifeEdit

On January 12, 2014, Ware was booked in Seattle's King County Jail under the charge of DUI.[21] However, that case was dismissed in July 2014 after a judge ruled that the officer lacked reasonable suspicion of DUI at the time he initiated the traffic stop.[22]

On June 23, 2016, Ware hosted an event at Full Throttle Indoor Karting "where he provided free transportation, go-karting, and lunch to the thirty kids of the [Winton Hills] Recreational Center." [23] Ware expressed gratitude for all the people who helped him become a professional athlete and encouraged the kids to "work together" to accomplish their goals in life.


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  2. "Spencer Ware of Princeton High School expected to start for Kansas City Chiefs»" (in en).
  3. "Alabama places 11 on 2011 Coaches All-SEC Football Team".
  4. "Spencer Ware - The Baseball Cube".
  5. NFL draft 2013: Five LSU players have declared for draft
  6. Kelly, Danny (April 27, 2013). "NFL Draft Results: Seahawks select RB Spencer Ware in the 6th". Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  7. "Spencer Ware 2013 Game Log" (in en).
  8. "Ware kept believing after release from Seattle - ESPN Video" (in en). December 11, 2016.
  9. "Chiefs Sign 19 To Reserve/Futures Contracts". January 20, 2015.
  10. "Chiefs Roster down to NFL-Mandated 53". September 5, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  11. "Watch Detroit Lions vs. Kansas City Chiefs [11/01/2015 -"]. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  12. "Spencer Ware 2015 Game Log" (in en).
  13. "Spencer Ware 2016 Game Log" (in en).
  14. Patra, Kevin (August 26, 2017). "Chiefs RB Spencer Ware suffers torn PCL, knee damage".
  15. "Chiefs Roster Down to NFL Mandated 53". September 2, 2017. Archived from the original on June 3, 2018.
  16. "Chiefs' Ware back in starting role after Hunt's departure" (in en-US). December 5, 2018.
  17. "Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders - December 2nd, 2018" (in en).
  18. "Spencer Ware 2018 Game Log" (in en).
  19. Walker, Andrew (April 30, 2019). "Colts Sign Free Agent Running Back Spencer Ware".
  20. "Colts Sign DE Dadi Nicolas; Place RB Spencer Ware On Reserve/PUP List". August 2, 2019. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  21. WSP: Seahawks RB Spencer Ware arrested for DUI Seahawks RB arrested
  22. [1]
  23. WSP: Princeton product and Chiefs RB Spencer Ware hosts event for local kids

External linksEdit

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