Jason Witten Returns to the Dallas Cowboys
ARLINGTON, TX – The former Dallas Cowboy great is planning on coming back to the football field next season after taking one year off for broadcast television.
According to the Dallas Cowboys, Jason Witten will be returning for his 16th season after taking a year off to be a broadcaster on ESPN's Monday Night Football.
Cowboys fans should be excited for Witten's return with them having a 10-6 record and winning their first playoff game since 2014. Witten played 15 years for the Cowboys from 2003-17, which included 11 Pro Bowls, the most in team history by any offensive player.
“The fire inside of me to compete and play this game is just burning too strong,” Witten said in a statement. “This team has a great group of rising young stars, and I want to help them make a run at a championship. This was completely my decision, and I am very comfortable with it. I’m looking forward to getting back in the dirt.”
Witten retired with 1,152 career receptions, which ranks fourth in NFL history, behind Jerry Rice, Tony Gonzalez and Larry Fitzgerald. His 12,448 receiving yards rank 21st in league record books, but second among tight ends behind only Gonzalez (15,127). Witten's return will not only give him a chance to become the number one tight end in NFL history, but also may give the Cowboys the extra help they need to win a championship.