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Published: Sat, May 05, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Jason Witten retires after 15 seasons

Jason Witten retires after 15 seasons

"I can only hope that the men and women in these hallways will say I was a decent man, tried to do things the right way and was dependable", Witten said. I don't think you ever really - that's never something you're okay with. "I relied on grit", Witten said. It's better to leave 3 hours too soon than a minute too late.

Witten holds several Cowboys records for pass-catching and longevity.

With 1,152 catches for 12,448 yards, Witten joins Tony Gonzalez as the only National Football League tight ends with at least 1,000 catches and 10,000 yards.

Head coach Jason Garrett added, "He's simply the best example I know of, of what you want a football player and a person to be, on and off the field". Instead he leaves tied with Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei.

Ultimately, he opted to retire to start a new chapter in his life after one of the most successful runs in Cowboys history.

He only appeared in the playoffs six times in his career and never advanced past the divisional round.

The 15-year NFL veteran, and future Hall of Famer, spent his entire career with the Dallas Cowboys after being selected in the third round out of Tennessee in the 2003 NFL Draft. "Accept life, and you can not accept regret". Witten is also second on the Cowboys in receptions, third in total receiving yards, and second in touchdown catches.

It has been a time of change in Dallas. The team released wide receiver Dez Bryant after eight years, and he has not found a new team yet. He had every intention of playing a 16th season, stating so publicly as recently as last month, until being offered the high-profile job. Still on the team are Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley.

With Witten gone, the Cowboys, for the time being, have a serious hole at tight end with Rico Gathers and Geoff Swaim next up on the depth chart and fourth-round pick Dalton Schultz also in the mix.

Witten left a message for his Cowboys teammates and coaches who are now charged with the mission of claiming a Super Bowl title that ultimately proved to be beyond his reach: championships are important but enjoying the journey and being a victor in life matters most.

Witten will have a chance to cover one game involving his former team this upcoming season, with Dallas scheduled to host a Monday Night Football game against the Tennessee Titans on November 5. "I mean, if you don't play it, you want to coach it". "The last few days have been challenging for me". "I was certain when I went through it that I wanted the blessing of Jerry and his family, an opportunity I have to stay around the game".

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