Jason Witten: A Super Star Without the Super Ego

Can anyone deny that among all players on last season’s roster, no players star shined brighter than our tight end Jason Witten.

Witten has quietly become the premier tight end of the National Football League. He has always been my favorite Cowboy ever since he was first drafted by the Cowboys in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Later that year he actually was drafted by me in my fantasy football draft and has been on my team every year since.

What makes Jason so special is not only his God given ability, but his gritty style of play and his passion and intensity when he’s on the field. He leads by example with his hard-nosed style of play and is an inspiration to all his teammates.

Last season we were treated to not only his best season yet, but some have argued that it might be the best overall season ever for a tight end in NFL history.

Some of you may remember his game against the Detroit Lions last season when he tied an NFL record for a tight end with 15 catches. It was just the tip of the iceberg as he finished his magical season with 96 catches and in doing so he set the Cowboys-single season tight end record for receptions. He also became only the third tight end in NFL history with 96 or more catches. By week 15, Witten became the first Dallas tight end ever to gain over 1,000 receiving yards in a season.

Jason Witten was recognized for his effort by being selected for his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl, his second All Pro selection, and he was nominated for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.So far in his young career he has already amassed 21 touch downs and almost 4,000 yards receiving. In the last three seasons, he has fumbled the ball only once… talk about toughness. Witten became the first tight end in Cowboys history to record three consecutive seasons of at least 60 receptions or more. 

What makes me so excited about Jason Witten is that at age 26, the best is yet to come. Can you understand what I’m talking about Cowboys fans!

I’m so glad that we can actually showcase a talented star like Witten who makes headlines not by what model he’s dating, or by what strip clubs he frequents at 3:00 AM, or even because of his illegal or immoral entanglements. Witten is an All-American clean-cut, working-class family man, and that’s the way he likes it. Last week on March 26th, Jason and his wife Michelle were blessed with their second child, Cooper Witten. Those are the kind of "off the field" headlines I prefer to see.



  1. Marvin
    Marvin says:

    Joe, this is an excellent piece on Jason Witten, who I think is the best all- around TE in the game. Most teams have a “recieving” TE as well as a “blocking” TE, we’re fortunate to have this combo in one player, Jason Witten. I may be a little biased, but I think all of our TE’s fit this mode! That being said, Jason is truly special!

  2. Tiffany
    Tiffany says:

    Joe thank you for writing this. We sure have missed you around here.
    Everyone knows that JW is my favorite player. He is an outstanding guy on and off the field. I believe he will break every record in football that he can break. This is the kind of man you want on your team and representing your team. He’s a winner in every aspect.
    We need more guys like this on the Dallas Cowboys. There was a time when most of them were of this kind of class and achievement.

  3. Bianca
    Bianca says:

    He is so unbeliveably genuine, humble and a true DALLAS FAN and PLAYER! I am a 3rd generation Cowboy fan (my kids are activley 4th gen’s) and this is one Jersey I will be wearing proudly upcoming season. THIS IS OUR YEAR!!!! The DYNASTY is back…and this league definielty needs that type of excitement! Can we just fast forward to the season already! I’m dyin’ over here!

  4. Jerad
    Jerad says:

    Well Joe, That was well put together and it’s all accurate. I don’t think there’s anyting to add to it. Thats the kind of stuff you dont see the media plastering on the news. Well done Joe

  5. Cowboy
    Cowboy says:

    I agree that Jason Witten will go down in football history as one of the greatest Tight Ends to ever play the game, but let’s not forget that throughout Cowboys history the position has always been filled by solid players such as Mike Ditka, Billy Joe Dupree, Doug Cosbie, and the great Jay Novacek. Not taking anything away from Witten because he totally deserves all the credit, but I believe that these other players could have easily put up the same numbers if the window of opportunity had presented itself and they hadn’t been surrounded by the likes of such players as a Calvin Hill, Tony Dorsett, or Emmitt Smith.

  6. casey
    casey says:

    JASON WITTEN what a great guy. I loved the article and I love Jason Witten. He is the ultimate team player. Great job Joe and thank you Jason for being you. When he does retire he will go down as the best tight end in Cowboy history. Yes better then The great Jay Novacek. Furthermore, I think he will be the best in NFL history. He is already the best right now.