Jason Witten leaves 'Monday Night Football' to return to Cowboys

Ruben Hill
February 28, 2019

Jon Gruden left for the Raiders head coaching gig a year ago, but that pales in comparison to the stunning news that dropped Thursday that Jason Witten is returning to the Cowboys to play tight end for them once again. The former tight end spent the 2018 season as the lead color commentator for ESPN's "Monday Night Football" coverage.

The Cowboys tried luring Witten, 36, out of retirement during the last regular season, but he opted to remain a broadcaster. "This team has a great group of rising young stars, and I want to help them make a run at a championship". Witten retired after the 2017 season, but apparently being in the booth and around the game each week brought back the itch to play, with Dallas happy to scratch that itch.

A two-time first-team All-Pro, 11-time Pro Bowler and the 2012 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year, Witten is also Dallas' all-time leader in receptions, with 1,152. His 12,448 receiving yards rank 21st in league record books, but second among tight ends behind only Gonzalez (15,127). He played a full 16 games for 15 straight years, only missing one game during his career.

Witten's 239 career games played is a Cowboys franchise record.

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