Long-time Dallas Cowboys’ TE Jason Witten Hangs Up his Cleats

May 3, 2018 • Ben Heck • Dallas Cowboys, Features, Front Page, History, NFC East, Retirements

Jason Witten, long-time Dallas Cowboys’ tight end, hass officially announced that he’d be hanging up his football cleats after his illustrious 15 seasons in the National Football League.

The 36-year old spent all 15 of his seasons donning the blue and silver star on his helmet, making 229 starts (239 games overall) and earning 11 Pro Bowl selections and four All-Pro honors (two First-Team, two Second-Team selections).

At his retirement, Witten has accumulated 1,152 receptions, 12,448 receiving yards and 68 touchdown catches. His receptions and yards rank second all-time among tight ends as he sits behind only Tony Gonzalez on those two lists. On the catch list, he ranks fourth all-time behind Jerry Rice, Gonzalez and Larry Fitzgerald.

Witten has made 179 consecutive starts, dating back to Dec. 16, 2006 — this marks the longest streak by a TE in history.

So yes, while he never won a Super Bowl championship in his 15 years, his numbers are certainly on-par with the Hall of Fame standards.

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