Cowboys star Jason Witten retires and joins ESPN's 'MNF'

Jason Witten has totalled 68 touchdowns in his career

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten officially announced his retirement from the National Football League on Thursday, during a teary-eyed press conference at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. When he played in his 11th Pro Bowl in January, he tied Bob Lilly for the most in team history.

It's a sad day for Cowboys fans, as Witten has been a mainstay with the organization since 2003 and is one of the NFL's most likable players.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the decision hasn't been announced. He has informed owner and general manager Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett of his decision.

Witten made six playoff appearances with Dallas but never advanced past the divisional round. So if Warner knew ESPN was going with Witten before Warner posted his tweet (and it would be a surprise if Warner didn't), it's fair to think there was a connection between his sentiment and his situation.

Witten has 1,152 catches for 12,448 yards and 68 touchdowns in his career, and is ranked fourth all-time in receptions, behind only Jerry Rice (1,549), Tony Gonzalez (1,325) and Larry Fitzgerald (1,234).

Dak Prescott and Jason Witten didn't get to spend a ton of time together as teammates.

Remarkably, he did not miss a single game since the 2004 season as he went on to play a franchise record 239 total games, including 235 consecutive games for the Cowboys.

NFL.com is reporting Jason Witten will retire after 15 years with the Dallas Cowboys. They left without getting Dallas to an NFC championship game; the Cowbyys won the last of their five Super Bowls in 1995.




The only Monday night game for the Cowboys is November 5 at home against the Tennessee Titans.

A literal fixture of the team, Witten's departure is the latest of a rapidly changing and different Cowboys team.

Witten had a standout three-year career (2000-02) playing tight end at Tennessee, earning All-America honors from The Sporting News and Sports Illustrated in 2002. "Disappointed we couldn't get it done this year".

"I was never the most talented, never the flashiest". He ran without his helmet against Philadelphia in 2007 in what is the signature moment of his career.

Tony Romo and Jason Witten celebrate after scoring a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints on September 28, 2014. It was the sort of gesture usually reserved for retired players. He spent two seasons walking under it.

Witten is a sure-fire Hall of Famer. The tight end reportedly debated the decision over the weekend, with the Cowboys' brass attempting to convince him to return for one more season.

Dallas tight ends now include Rico Gathers, Blake Jarwin and Geoff Swaim. However, he hoped that he compensated himself with his performances for the Cowboys over the years.

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