Another Dallas Cowboys player is coming to TV.
Witten, a 10-time Pro Bowl tight end, reportedly told Cowboys owner Jerry Jones of his plan to retire earlier today, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity.
As illustrated in that one play of thousands in his career, Witten would stop at nothing to further advance the Cowboys.
In 2017, Witten had the fewest catches (63) and yards (560) since his rookie year, but he had five touchdowns and remained a valued target of Dak Prescott. He made 11 Pro Bowls.
“That’s something that’s hard”.
Together, Romo, Witten, and Bryant formed the modern-day version of the Cowboys’ triplets, a term coined for the Hall-of-Fame trio of Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, and Emmitt Smith.
When the team opened its new practice facility in 2016, a huge picture of Witten from that play hung over the players’ entrance to the indoor practice field.
“You can’t really put a number on what Jason Witten has done or meant”, Romo said. I know for a fact he didn’t after the Cowboys’ Week 2 loss to the Chicago Bears in 2010 when he suffered a concussion. “He really was that guy”. He ends his career fourth all-time in National Football League receptions and twenty-first all-time in receiving yards, just behind Washington Redskins great Art Monk. Even more exclusive is the number of players who have entered on the first ballot.
Witten holds several Cowboys records for pass-catching and longevity.
“You came in here with a legacy and you’re leaving with our hearts”, Jones said.
After Cole Beasley muffed a punt in the final minutes of an October 25, 2015 loss in New York, Witten caught up to him walking off the field and put his arm around him as they exited the field to a chorus of hecklers.
“We have so much support for him”.
“We just want to give him all the time he needs”.