Jason Witten thought he was going to be an Indianapolis Colt

06 May, 2018, 03:27 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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After ESPN's Chris Mortensen had reported during the draft about Witten's intentions to retire and join Monday Night Football, Garrett and other coaches actively attempted to persuade him to keep playing, according to a team source. By comparison, Witten would have earned a base salary of $1.05 million and up to $750,000 in per-game roster bonuses with the Cowboys this season.

The circumstances for Witten and Romo were different. In his third season, is Dak Prescott ready for that role? Witten, who will turn 36 on May 6, recently mentioned that he planned to play football until he was 40 years old but that won't be the case.

An offer from ESPN was too good to pass up.

Witten will call his first Cowboys game on November 5 when Dallas hosts the Tennessee Titans at AT&T Stadium. "That is certainly what I tried my best to do during my time with this organization". Witten was a leader in the locker room whose long term presence provided stability and direction for a team getting younger.

His retirement ceremony, with Prescott and star running back Ezekiel Elliott watching from the same row, came not far from a huge picture of Witten's signature moment - a 2007 game when he ran almost 30 yards and was tackled without a helmet after it was knocked off.

"There's not always a fairy-tale end", Witten said near the end of last season. He spent two seasons walking under it. "My answer was always the same, the secret is in the dirt".

"I never wanted this day to come".

He reflected on a decade-and-a-half of hard work that resulted in 235 consecutive games played. Drafted by the Cowboys as the 69th overall pick in 2003, he played in every regular season game in 14 of his 15 campaigns with the team. He ranks fourth in receptions all time behind only Jerry Rice, Tony Gonzalez and Larry Fitzgerald.

Jason Witten got a nice retirement gift from Jerry Jones.

While former bigger-name Dallas teammates such as Terrell Owens, Dez Bryant and Ezekiel Elliott often made headlines for the wrong reasons, Witten, professionally and respectfully, went about his business and was a positive ambassador for one of the most recognizable sports franchises on the planet. "The stats and the credentials speak for themselves".

Witten is a sure-fire Hall of Famer. The franchise's all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards spoke on the difficulty of the decision to step away from the game.



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