Twitter overflows with love for Jason Witten following his retirement

Twitter overflows with love for Jason Witten following his retirement

Twitter overflows with love for Jason Witten following his retirement

"I was never the most talented, flashiest. I relied on grit", Witten said.

"Better three hours too soon than a minute too late", he added. He missed one game, the fifth of his rookie season because of a broken jaw, and returned 23 days after rupturing his spleen in a preseason game to play the 2012 opener.

Witten is set to join ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcast team, leaving pro football with the fourth-most catches in NFL history behind Jerry Rice, Tony Gonzalez and Larry Fitzgerald. He has informed owner and general manager Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett of his decision.

When the season ended, Witten vowed to return for another season because "I love this game too much". One of the top highlights of his collegiate career was catching the game-winning 25-yard touchdown in the Vols' 41-38 six-overtime victory over Arkansas in 2002. He ran without his helmet against Philadelphia in 2007 in what is the signature moment of his career.

Warner may be miffed that the tiebreaker wasn't skill or experience but the fact that Witten played for the Dallas Cowboys. "Accept life, and you can not accept regret", he said. "I told you back in 2006 that I would not let you down".

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In his last two seasons, Witten caught a combined 132 passes for 1,233 yards and 9 touchdowns, with most of those coming from Prescott.

It has been a time of change in Dallas.

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. The team released wide receiver Dez Bryant after eight years, and he has not found a new team yet. He had 11 Pro Bowl selections, including last season. Still on the team are Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley.

The Cowboys drafted Stanford tight end Dalton Schultz in the fourth round of this year's National Football League draft and also have Geoff Swaim, Blake Jarwin and Rico Gathers as other tight ends on their roster. He's the only one of those four without a Super Bowl.

It sure looks like Jason Witten got new hair to go along with his new job as color commentator on Monday Night Football with Joe Tessitore, which is a huge loss for college football broadcasts on ESPN. The older you get, the more you realize there's a deeper meaning. I knew the demands and what I had to do every day and day in and day out, and I was committed to doing that. We do good, upright things, because we want to leave a positive legacy in our wake.

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