Just days from turning 36, Witten walks away as the leader in games, catches and yards receiving for a franchise with five Super Bowl wins, but none since the 1995 season.
"I was never the most talented or flashiest. He has not made any decisions that are definite at this time".
Garrett attempted to persuade Witten to play another year after meeting with Jones and Witten one day before the 2018 NFL Draft. Witten was also named the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2012. "And I tried my absolute best to be dependable - dependable to my teammates, to my coaches, to my family and to all those who were cheering us on". "And he knows he's a smart guy, and he's a great father and a great husband", Aikman said.
"I'm excited for the next chapter of my life", Witten said.
This is the second straight year that a Dallas player has retired to go into broadcasting.
Jason Witten is retiring from the game and heading into the broadcast booth. I would think it's Warner. "Even if he didn't start off good, he's going to be good".
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After Cole Beasley muffed a punt in the final minutes of an October 25, 2015 loss in New York, Witten caught up to him walking off the field and put his arm around him as they exited the field to a chorus of hecklers.
Witten was originally selected in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft, at No. 69 overall. He's also an 11-time Pro-Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro.
Witten, 35, has 1,152 receptions for 12,448 yards and 68 touchdowns in 15 National Football League seasons.
He's helped victims of domestic violence - something that impacted his family growing up - through his SCORE Foundation for almost a decade.
Those positive marks of his character were on the forefront of fans' minds on Friday. "If you can't coach it, you want to be around it", he said.
"There's an old saying in pro football, the circus doesn't stay in town forever", Witten said.
If Witten's career can be boiled down to one play, it's this one against the Philadelphia Eagles.
"The hardest part of this decision was knowing that I would never be able to hand you that Lombardi Trophy", Witten said during his 15-minute speech Thursday. He said at his press conference that he hopes he's remembered as a role model, both on and off the field. Gruden returned to coaching in the offseason.