Jason Witten Retires From Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys’ legendary tight end Jason Witten officially announced his retirement today during a press conference at The Star in Frisco, TX.  Witten was joined by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Head Coach Jason Garrett at the podium.  Witten’s teammates lined the halls to honor him as he walked to the press room.

Witten was originally selected in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft, at No. 69 overall. He played 15 games his rookie season, missing one game with a broken jaw, and finished with 35 catches for 347 yards.

From that point forward, the Elizabethton, Tenn., native never missed an opportunity to cement his legacy. From the 2004 season until this past January, Witten never missed another game – playing in a Cowboys-record 239 total games and 235 in a row, with 179 consecutive starts.

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 01: Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Los Angeles Rams on October 1, 2017 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. (Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire)

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ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 01: Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Los Angeles Rams on October 1, 2017 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. (Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire)

 
Along the way, he has racked up plenty of milestones. Witten’s Hall of Fame-worthy resume includes 1,152 catches for 12,448 yards and 68 touchdowns. In the process, he picked up 11 Pro Bowl nominations and four All-Pro selections.

For his career, Witten is the Cowboys’ all-time leader in career receptions and career yards. His 68 career touchdowns are third-best in franchise history, behind Dez Bryant and Bob Hayes.