Jason Witten is one of the best tight ends in the National Football League and has been one of the premiere tight ends for the eight years. Just like how Troy Aikman had Jay Novacek in the 90’s, cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has Jason Witten. Witten is a reliable receiver in the pass game and a solid run blocker that can pancake a linebacker or safety. He’s not the fastest or the biggest but he’s always open and in sync with his quarterback. He does an excellent job in knowing where the first down marker is and getting yards after the catch. By the way he’s also holds the franchises record for career receptions with 806 receptions.
Witten played his College Football at the University of Tennessee where he stared for the Volunteers. His breakout season came a junior in 2002 where he set school records for a tight end with 39 receptions, 493 receiving yards and five touchdowns. In total Witten caught 68 passes for 797 yards and seven touchdowns. Witten declared for the 2003 NFL Draft after his junior season at Tennessee. He was chosen by the Dallas Cowboys with the 69th pick in the 3rd round.
In his rookie yr (2003), Witten played a reserve roll catching 35 passes for 347 yards and one touchdown. In 2004 he enjoyed a breakout season with the cowboys earning him his first Pro-Bowl trip to Hawaii and he took home All-Pro honors. He caught 87 passes for 980 yards and six touchdowns. Thus began a string of going to the Pro-Bowl in the last eight out of nine years. He enjoyed his finest season in 2007, 96 receptions for 1,145 yards and seven touchdowns. That year the cowboys went 13-3 tying the franchises record for wins in a season. He posted back to back 94 catch seasons in 2009 and 2010. In 2011 he caught 79 balls for 942 yards and five touchdowns.
The 2012 season didn’t start out well for Jason, he took a vicious hit in the Pre-Season against the Oakland Raiders that resulted in a lacerated spleen. Questions arose whether he was going to play against the NY Giants in the season opener. He played in the game against the giants but wasn’t himself during the early part of the season. Witten was plagued by dropped passes that could have resulted in big gains for the Cowboys. He eventually got going and in a game against the giants on October 28th, he caught a career high 18 receptions for 167 yards. The next week against the Atlanta Falcons, Witten set the Cowboys all-time receptions record by surpassing the legendary Michael Irvin. Against New Orleans on December 23rd, he broke the NFL single season record for catches by a tight end. The record had previously had been held by Tony Gonzalez. By seasons end Witten collected 110 receptions for 1,039 yards and three touchdowns.
At only 31, Witten is entering the prime of his career and he’s just getting started, He’ll go down as the best Tight End in Cowboys history, be inducted into the Cowboys Ring of Honor and some day be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Witten has also won the NFL Man of the Yr awards in 2012 and 2013. He has his own foundation called SCORE which helps families and individuals that have been affected by domestic violence.
Jason Witten is one of the key forces that drive that Dallas Cowboys offense on a weekly basis. He’s tight with quarterback Tony Romo and he put himself in Cowboys fans heart back in 2007 when his helmet was ripped off by an eagle defender and he kept running full speed with blood dripping from his nose. Witten doesn’t miss games no matter how hurt he is and he’s the ultimate professional. You won’t find his name in the paper, on line or in a magazine for negative issues. Jason Witten is a pros pro with with eight Pro-Bowl appearances (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012) and a six All-Pro selections ( 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012). He’s a guy the young players look up to for guidance and structure plus he’s always hungry for more success. Jason Witten is Mr. Consistency.