Another NFL star is hanging up his cleats for the broadcast booth. According to ESPN’s Todd Archer, Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is set to retire and will join ESPN’s Monday Night Football team for the upcoming season.
Witten reportedly struggled with the decision over the past few days, but ultimately told Cowboys owner and general manager, Jerry Jones, that he plans to retire.
Jason Witten has informed Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett that he will retire, according to multiple sources, who said the tight end will accept a position with ESPN’s Monday Night football. Witten struggled with… https://t.co/yzq9WeaORL
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) May 3, 2018
Jason Witten will be missed in Dallas. pic.twitter.com/d25FPxhA4w
— ESPN (@espn) May 3, 2018
Jason Witten finishes his HOF-caliber career with 1,152 catches, ranking 4th in NFL history, trailing only Jerry Rice, Tony Gonzalez and Larry Fitzgerald.
Witten is the Cowboys' all-time leader in receiving yards (12,448) and 3rd in franchise history with 68 receiving TDs.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 3, 2018
The future Hall of Fame player will walk away from the game having left quite the legacy in Dallas. Witten is the franchise leader in games played, receptions and receiving yards.
Witten’s 1,152 catches trails only Jerry Rice, Tony Gonzalez and Larry Fitzgerald for the most catches in NFL history – pretty solid company to be in.
After another former Cowboys star, Tony Romo, received critical acclaim for his analysis for CBS last year – FOX and ESPN have been in hot pursuit of a former star player of their own. ESPN reportedly aggressively pursued Peyton Manning, but the two-time Super Bowl Champion isn’t quite ready to be critical of the game he played for 18 seasons.