Jason Witten Officially Announces Retirement from Football

Jason Witten Officially Announces Retirement from Football

Jason Witten Officially Announces Retirement from Football

Before ESPN leaked to ESPN last week that Cowboys tight end Jason Witten plans to retire and join the Monday Night Football booth, Kurt Warner had been viewed as the clubhouse favorite to get the gig.

Witten, who turns 36 on Sunday, delivered a heartfelt tribute to the game and the Cowboys organization in announcing his retirement after a 15-year Hall-of-Fame career.

Witten was originally selected in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft, at No. 69 overall.

The ultra-durable Witten only missed a single game in his 15 seasons. When he played in his 11th Pro Bowl in January, he tied Bob Lilly for the most in team history. He's the Cowboys franchise's all-time leader in receptions with 1,152 - 53 percent more than second-place Michael Irvin - and receiving yards with 12,448.

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten has told the franchise he will retire before the beginning of the season to take up a new role as a TV analyst. "It's a unique opportunity to join a good team, and to be able to partner with a lot of guys that share that same passion, and a huge platform to share our love for this great game". Witten, like an increasing number of National Football League players, adopted many of Tom Brady's methods, including an emphasis on pliability in addition to dry-needling, water-pressure treatment, compression wraps and deep-tissue massage, as he recovered each week. He once played with a broken jaw, after having to sneak rolls of coins into his trousers to make weight for the game. He is also third in team history with 68 receiving touchdowns.

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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, I relied on grit".

And after suffering his worst season since his rookie year in terms of yards received, with 560, Witten knew it was time to call it a day.

Dallas tight ends now include Rico Gathers, Blake Jarwin and Geoff Swaim. Dallas drafted Stanford's Dalton Schultz in the fourth round last week. "There's an old saying in football - the circus doesn't stay in town forever". I think that you could chase that thing forever and it might be the next year, but it might be 10 years away.

Dak Prescott and Jason Witten didn't get to spend a ton of time together as teammates.

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