Published: Mon, May 07, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Dallas skyline lights up to honor Jason Witten

Dallas skyline lights up to honor Jason Witten

Dallas tight end Jason Witten retired on Thursday after an illustrious 15-year career with the Cowboys.

Tennessee Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer coached Witten at UT and famously had the Elizabethton, Tenn., native switch to tight end during his freshman season after beginning his career as a defensive end.

One wavering moment came when the tight end turned to owner Jerry Jones on a stage in front of his family, teammates and club employees in what normally serves as the dining room in the team's practice facility. He is also a wonderful man, husband and father. With those 18 grabs, Witten set a new landmark for his position, the most catches ever accumulated by a tight end in a single game.

Witten's 36-yard touchdown from Quincy Carter was his lone reception on the day and the only six-pointer of the game, a 19-3 Dallas win.

The juxtaposition of Jason Witten and Quincy Carter on a roster together says a lot about the change that Bill Parcells brought to the Dallas Cowboys.

Aside from playing in 239 of 240 regular season games, Witten's numbers (1,152 receptions - fourth all-time - 12,448 yards, 68 TDs) make him a surefire Hall of Famer. Instead they went after Colorado State WR Michael Gallup in the third round who certainly had big numbers in college, but at this point it looks like the Cowboys will go with the old receiver by committee approach. "I've decided that the time has come for me to pass the torch to the next generation of Dallas Cowboys".

"Jason Witten is what pro football is supposed to be about". He played in the Pro Bowl 11 times. That's one of the hardest questions that players and athletes have to answer. He also proudly represented his hometown of Elizabethton, giving back to his community off the field.

"I've seen the things going around that teams won't even sign him for minimum". He put the time and effort in during the off-season taking care of his body, staying sharp mentally and tutoring his younger teammates through the years.

"Dez was always a great team-mate to me, and he did want to see other guys succeed". For helping fight the battles on and off the field, I appreciate you.

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