Published: Sun, May 06, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Jason Witten announces retirement after 15 seasons with the Cowboys

Jason Witten announces retirement after 15 seasons with the Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys iconic tight end Jason Witten has informed owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett he will retire after 15 years in the National Football League to join ESPN.

As recently as two weeks ago, Witten suggested he might play until he was 40 and said he "absolutely" was returning.

"We want to congratulate Jason Witten on a Hall of Fame-caliber career with the Dallas Cowboys and we are thrilled to welcome him to ESPN and Monday Night Football", ESPN executive vice president Connor Schell said in a statement.

Witten was a third-round pick out of Tennessee back in 2003 and went on to be selected to 11 Pro Bowls during his stellar career.

Witten is the franchise leader in receptions (1,152) and receiving yards (12,448), and his 68 touchdowns are third all time among Cowboys players. Only Tony Gonzalez has more receptions and yards at the tight end position.

"Jason has given so much to this team, to this franchise". "Many times over the years I'd wake up and jump out of bed and catch myself saying "how lucky am I" to be able to play the game of football for the Dallas Cowboys". At the same time, we're going to be so supportive of him if he decides it's time to make a change in his career path. He reportedly will take Jon Gruden's vacant seat on ESPN's MNF broadcasts.Is Dallas Goedert of Eagles the next Jason Witten?In 30 career games against the Giants, Witten had 154 catches for 1,568 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Witten's return to AT&T Stadium in his new role is set for November 5, when the Cowboys host the Tennessee Titans.

"I was never the most talented, never the flashiest".

"If I've learned anything along the way in the last 15 years, it's that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people won't forget how you made them feel".

Dallas tight ends now include Rico Gathers, Blake Jarwin and Geoff Swaim. Dallas drafted Stanford's Dalton Schultz in the fourth round last week. "When you're in those moments, those other things didn't really exist, so I think that had a lot to do with it".

Jason Witten (82) catches a touchdown pass against the San Francisco 49ers on October 22, 2017.

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