Published: Sun, May 06, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Witten retires after 15 seasons to reportedly join MNF booth

Witten retires after 15 seasons to reportedly join MNF booth

Without Witten and Bryant, the Cowboys are missing their top two receivers from previous year and essentially for the past six seasons.

Before ESPN leaked to ESPN last week that Cowboys tight end Jason Witten plans to retire and join the Monday Night Football booth, Kurt Warner had been viewed as the clubhouse favorite to get the gig.

During his retirement press conference on Thursday afternoon, Witten expressed his disappointment with not helping the Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones win a Super Bowl, according to Drew Davidson of Star-Telegram.

ESPN is revamping its Monday Night crew, as former color man John Gruden, whom Witten will replace, will return to the sidelines as the head coach for the Oakland Raiders. Witten's move comes one year after friend and longtime teammate Tony Romo retired as the Cowboys' all-time passing leader to join CBS. Witten and Romo became one of the NFL's most prolific duos, as well as BFFs, leading to the tight end's two All-Pro honors (2007, 2010).

"I was never the most talented, never the flashiest. Accept life, and you can not accept regret", he said. "The hardest part of this decision was knowing that I would not hand you that Lombardi Trophy".

As he steps away, Witten's legacy with the team is secure.

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"Jason Witten is the epitome of a team player", Fulmer said. "While I leave today short of that mark, I hope that along the way I made you proud to be a Cowboys fan".

"He's the classic example every coach will use for everyone to follow".

"I don't think it's our place to be talking him into something, " Jones was quoted as saying. "He really was that guy". He is also third in team history with 68 receiving touchdowns. Watching that piece make it glaringly obvious why he would want to take the money and sprint to TV. But his "production declined past year, and his 63 catches for 560 yards were his lowest totals since he became the Cowboys' starting tight end in 2004".

Jones couldn't be more excited about Witten's next chapter, either. We'd love to have him.

On Sunday, ESPN reported the 11-time Pro Bowl selection would decide whether to continue playing or not by Wednesday night.

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