Former Dallas Cowboys tight finish Jason Witten is popping out of retirement only one yr after he give up to grow to be a lead analyst on ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast.
Witten, 36, shall be returning to the Cowboys, who retained his rights when he was positioned on the NFL’s Reserve/Retired record.
Witten spent his whole 15-year NFL profession with the Dallas Cowboys after being chosen within the third spherical out of Tennessee within the 2003 NFL Draft. He performed in 15 video games throughout his rookie season and has began all 16 video games for each season after that.
In an announcement launched by the Cowboys on Thursday, Witten explained:
“The fireplace within me to compete and play this recreation is simply burning too sturdy,” Witten stated in an announcement. “This crew has a fantastic group of rising younger stars, and I need to assist them make a run at a championship. This was fully my resolution, and I’m very comfy with it. I’m wanting ahead to getting again within the dust.”
Over the course of his profession, Witten set Cowboys franchise information in receptions (1,152) and receiving yards (12,448), along with changing into one of many biggest gamers at his place in league historical past. Only Tony Gonzalez has extra receptions and yards on the tight finish place.
The Cowboys completed atop the NFC East final season with a 10-6 document.
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