Published: Sun, May 06, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Jason Witten Joins Monday Night Football Crew After 15 NFL Seasons

Jason Witten Joins Monday Night Football Crew After 15 NFL Seasons

With Witten joining ESPN - and Tony Romo and Troy Aikman already planted at CBS and Fox, respectively - three of the four National Football League rightholders now feature a former Cowboy as the analyst on their lead broadcast team. In the process, he picked up 11 Pro Bowl nominations and four All-Pro selections.

Former teammate Dez Bryant congratulated the tight end with an Instagram post. "Accept life, and you can not accept regret", he said. "He shared with me what he thought and in the only way he can do it, he told me to go be John Wayne". "I hope that in your eyes, I held up my end of the bargain".

He'll take a Monday Night Football color analyst job that will reportedly pay him upwards of $4 million per year. We do good, upright things, because we want to leave a positive legacy in our wake.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said that Witten has set an example for all past, current and future Dallas players.

The circumstances for Witten and Romo were different. At the same time, we're going to be so supportive of him if he decides it's time to make a change in his career path.

In addition to weighing an offer from ESPN's Monday Night Football, another network made an "interesting" last minute proposal to the soon-to-be 36-year-old, ESPN announced, without divulging the name of the other network. Witten was a leader in the locker room whose long term presence provided stability and direction for a team getting younger. With the departures of Bryant, and now Witten, the Cowboys have lost almost 1400 yards of production from their offense.

"You can't really put a number on what Jason Witten has done or meant", Romo said. Witten spent two seasons walking under it.

Tennessee Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer coached Witten at UT and famously had the Elizabethton, Tenn., native switch to tight end during his freshman season after beginning his career as a defensive end. "My answer was always the same, the secret is in the dirt". I don't think you ever really - that's never something you're okay with. The Cowboys were anticipating a 16th season from Witten - and 15th straight as their starter. "The stats and the credentials speak for themselves. Over the last 15 years, he's played virtually every play".

Witten is a sure-fire Hall of Famer. He is also 21st all-time in receiving yards (12,448) and fourth in receptions (1,152).

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