Dallas Cowboys fans got some delightful news on Thursday with the announcement that Jason Witten would be re-joining them after a year of retirement. Excitement is already building thanks to a recent photo.
On Thursday afternoon, a member of the Cowboys digital media office released a picture of Witten at the Cowboys' practice facility. The image depicts Witten walking alongside Cowboys senior vice president of Public Relations Rich Dalrymple.
Witten spent the 2018 season in the broadcast booth for ESPN on Monday Night Football. His performance was not quite as well-received as his former teammate Tony Romo, though.
Fans quickly expressed their delight at seeing Witten returning to the field for their team:
Based on his past production, the fans and the organization have plenty of reason to be excited.
From 2003 to 2017, Witten 1,152 receptions for 12,448 yards and 68 touchdowns. He made 11 Pro Bowl appearances and had 14 straight seasons with at least 60 catches.
Witten also proved extremely durable, missing only one game in his rookie season and not a single game afterwards.
While it's unlikely that another year or even two would enable him to move above No. 4 in the NFL's all-time receptions list, Witten would still offer a nice security blanket for quarterback Dak Prescott.