Jason Witten Should Be First Ballot Hall of Famer

Report Jason Witten to Leave Cowboys for ESPN			The Associated Press		by Dylan Gwinn3 May 20180		3 May 2018		3 May 2018

Jason Witten, who spent all 15 seasons of his NFL career with the Cowboys, is retiring to join ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcast team as an analyst.

Asked more recently about a report he had auditioned with ESPN, Witten went so far as to say he might play until he was 40 and declaring "absolutely" that he planned to return.

The Dallas Cowboys drafted Witten out of the University of Tennessee in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft (69th pick overall). Witten still ranks fifth all-time at UT in career receptions (68) and receiving yards (797) by a tight end and helped lead the Vols to an appearance in the 2001 SEC Championship game as well as a 45-17 victory over MI in the Florida Citrus Bowl to cap off the season.

Witten also ranks fourth in the National Football League in catches, behind only Jerry Rice, Tony Gonzalez and Larry Fitzgerald, with only Gonzalez outpacing him in the category among tight ends.

ESPN and other media outlets reported that he would be joining "Monday Night Football" as an analyst.

Most felt Witten would become a coach after his playing days, but he joked that the broadcaster's lifestyle is a little better.

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Without Witten and Bryant, the Cowboys are missing their top two receivers from previous year and essentially for the past six seasons. You've set the Example on & Off the Field.

"He's one of the best and most complete tight ends ever to play this game", Garrett said. I repeat, Jones gave Witten a football made of diamonds. He's also third in receiving touchdowns (68) in Dallas and now sits fourth in the entire league in total catches.

"I was never the most talented". "To all the Dallas Cowboys fans around the world, for 15 years I tried to represent you the right way". "This is why he is a first-ballot Hall of Famer".

Witten, though, was not able to feature in an NFC championship game and help end a current 23-year drought without a Superbowl win for a team with five Lombardi trophies.

That left just Geoff Swaim, Blake Jarwin and Rico Gathers on the depth chart at tight end, Swaim being the only one with any true experience.

The Cowboys were eager to have him back, but team executive vice president Stephen Jones said there was no pressure on the tight end.

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