Jason Witten Joins Monday Night Football Crew After 15 NFL Seasons

Another Cowboys player is coming to TV: Jason Witten will join ESPN's 'Monday Night Football'

Another Cowboys player is coming to TV: Jason Witten will join ESPN's 'Monday Night Football'

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.

The question is: Is the 11-time Pro Bowler and two-time All Pro a Hall of Famer?

Former quarterbacks Troy Aikman (FOX) and Tony Romo (CBS) are the lead analysts at their respective networks, and former fullback Daryl Johnston calls games on FOX as well.

A press conference will be held today at 2 p.m.at The Star in Frisco. "He shared with me what he thought and in the only way he can do it, he told me to go be John Wayne". But with little hesitation, he will now do it in the Monday Night Football booth for ESPN, which needed to fill its analyst spot after Jon Gruden took the head coaching job in Oakland. Witten is also second on the Cowboys in receptions, third in total receiving yards, and second in touchdown catches.

The Dallas Cowboys drafted Witten out of the University of Tennessee in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft (69th pick overall). No team game planned to stop him.

Since Witten took a week to mull things over, that gave Jerry Jones some extra time to come up with the ideal retirement gift, and let's just say the Cowboys owner didn't disappoint. "Other players may have been more talented, but I assure you, no one was going to outwork me".

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It remains the high-water mark for the Romo-Bryant-Witten-led Cowboys. Last year, Romo had lost his job to Dak Prescott while injured and was deciding whether to continue his career with another team.

An offer from ESPN was too good to pass up. Witten was a leader in the locker room whose long term presence provided stability and direction for a team getting younger. The sixth-year veteran had already made a decision to hang up the pads himself, exhausted of battling an ongoing knee injury. "My answer was always the same, the secret is in the dirt". "I was never the most talented, flashiest". He's also fourth in National Football League history in catches and sits just behind Tony Gonzalez for receiving yards among tight ends. You've set the Example on & Off the Field. "The stats and the credentials speak for themselves". However, the sad reality is the farthest they could go was the divisional round of the NFC playoffs.

Witten probably won't be playing catch with that. However, he hoped that he compensated himself with his performances for the Cowboys over the years.

Dallas tight ends now include Rico Gathers, Blake Jarwin and Geoff Swaim.

As an individual, Witten surpassed the level of excellence attained by the Cowboys tight ends that preceded him. And as you get older, I think you realise there's a deeper meaning.

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