Cowboys star Jason Witten is calling it a career, a great one

Cowboys star Jason Witten is calling it a career, a great one

Cowboys star Jason Witten is calling it a career, a great one

Move over, Tony Romo.

Without Witten and Bryant, the Cowboys are missing their top two receivers from a year ago and essentially for the past six seasons.

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According to Pro Football Talk, "Witten, who will turn 36 on Sunday, is still a good enough player that the Cowboys were hoping to keep him".

Witten's 68 career receiving touchdowns rank third in Dallas history and fifth among tight ends in National Football League history. 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.

"That's something that's hard. Accept life, and you can not accept regret", he said. Your family at your side, they're a big part of those decisions that you make.

"After much self-reflection, prayer and faith, today I have decided the time has come for me to pass the torch and retire", Witten said.

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"If you can't play it, you want to coach it".

As he steps away, Witten's legacy with the team is secure.

"With opportunities, that changes it", Witten said of his thinking the last couple of weeks. It's truly a different era of the Cowboys, one that's unlikely to see a player of the same ilk as Witten. Really, I did not think that was going to be my last game in Philadelphia [on December 31]. "He really was that guy". He ranks fourth in the N.F.L.in catches behind Jerry Rice, Tony Gonzalez and Larry Fitzgerald.

In addition to 12,448 yards receiving, Witten is third on the Cowboys' all-time list with 68 touchdown catches.

It's no surprise that Jones got Witten an expensive retirement gift, and that's because the tight end has been a star in the organization for the past 15 years.

The Cowboys were eager to have him back, but team executive vice president Stephen Jones said there was no pressure on the tight end. The owner said the Cowboys were waiting for Witten to decide his future. He once played with a broken jaw, after having to sneak rolls of coins into his trousers to make weight for the game.

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