Published: Sat, May 05, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Cowboys' Jason Witten Retires to Take 'Monday Night Football' Job

Cowboys' Jason Witten Retires to Take 'Monday Night Football' Job

The Cowboys have scheduled a news conference for 2 p.m. CT Thursday.

Witten says the "time has come to pass the torch".

The 15-year NFL veteran, and future Hall of Famer, spent his entire career with the Dallas Cowboys after being selected in the third round out of Tennessee in the 2003 NFL Draft. He blocked willingly and effectively, and cleared the way for four 1,000-yard rushers (DeMarco Murray did it twice in 2013 and 2014) during his 15-year career in Dallas. If anybody has worked and given of themselves as much as he gave to the fans of the Dallas Cowboys, if anybody deserves to have taken advantage of that opportunity, Jason Witten deserves to take advantage of that opportunity.

Witten is the franchise leader in receptions (1,152) and receiving yards (12,448), and his 68 touchdowns are third all time among Cowboys players. "When you're in those moments, those other things didn't really exist, so I think that had a lot to do with it".

"I was never the most talented or flashiest. I relied on grit", Witten said. I just think you have to make choices with where you're at in life and what's going on around you.

Witten made six playoff appearances with Dallas but never advanced past the divisional round.

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BC-FBN-Cowboys-Witten Retiring, 7th Ld-Writethru, 908Cowboys' Jason Witten retiring sans Super Bowl for TV jobAP Photo TXRR105, TXRR103, NY155, NY154Eds: Restores last time Cowboys won Super Bowl. "Accept life, and you can not accept regret". "The last few days have been challenging for me".

Jones praised Witten for the character and commitment he demonstrated throughout his career. He has Hall of Fame credentials, and Jones has said he is one of the five best people he has known in almost 30 years in the National Football League, which makes him a virtual lock for the team's prestigious Ring of Honor.

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. Garrett coached Witten the last eight seasons.

"There's an old saying in pro football: The circus doesn't stay in town forever", Witten said, as quoted on In the meantime, let's celebrate Witten-the player and person.

Tight end Jason Witten, the Dallas Cowboys' all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards, has retired and will become an analyst for ESPN's Monday Night Football, as first reported by the network.

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