Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Jason Witten Said to Be Retiring to Join 'Monday Night Football'

Jason Witten Said to Be Retiring to Join 'Monday Night Football'

Witten will call his first Cowboys game on November 5 when Dallas hosts the Tennessee Titans at AT&T Stadium.

Hundreds of teammates and employees lined the entrance and halls of Cowboys headquarters at the Star as he made an entrance with family and kids in tow. Witten, who said he did not anticipate retiring after the season ended, said joining ESPN was a "unique opportunity" that allows him to stay around the game.

"I never wanted this day to come". I relied on grit.

Witten holds several Cowboys records for pass-catching and longevity.

In addition, the 35-year-old leaves the game ranked fourth all-time in receptions, only behind the likes of Jerry Rice (1,549), Tony Gonzalez (1,325) and Larry Fitzgerald (1,234) as well as holding a number of records such as most receptions in a single season by a tight end (110) and most catches in a game by a tight end (18). He emptied the bucket here", Jones said, responding to a question about that missing Super Bowl after speeches by all three on stage: "Witten, Jones and coach Jason Garrett.

Witten, an 11-time Pro Bowl selection at tight end, finishes his career as the fourth-leading receiver in National Football League history (1,152 receptions), trailing only Jerry Rice, fellow tight end Tony Gonzalez, and Larry Fitzgerald. He ran without his helmet against Philadelphia in 2007 in what is the signature moment of his career.

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Following an emotional press conference sitting between Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett, Witten bared his football soul and fought back the tears to announce his retirement.

He only appeared in the playoffs six times in his career and never advanced past the divisional round.

Dallas Cowboys star tight end Jason Witten has made a decision to call it a career after 15 seasons so he can join the Monday Night Football booth at ESPN. "He shared with me what he thought and in the only way he can do it, he told me to go be John Wayne".

A literal fixture of the team, Witten's departure is the latest of a rapidly changing and different Cowboys team. Still on the team are Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley. Dallas drafted Stanford's Dalton Schultz in the fourth round last week.

Witten missed one game in his career - as a rookie in 2003 - and is expected to join ESPN's "Monday Night Football" broadcast booth, replacing Jon Gruden.

Witten will still be around the sport as he will join ESPN's Monday Night Football as an analyst. "Accept life, and you can not accept regret", he said.

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