I’ve always been a rah! rah! positive type of fan, well that is until this season came along. It’s one thing when you give 100% and fail, but when you aren’t even putting forth your best effort or doing everything humanly possibly to secure a win it gets really hard to be a confident fan. Yes, I know the Cowboys have been plagued with injuries galore and young players have been asked to step up, but that’s just another excuse.
However, I’d like to talk about someone who never gives excuses and ALWAYS gives his everything on the field. Taken in the 3rd round of the 2003 NFL draft, its an understatement to say Jason Witten was a steal for the Dallas Cowboys. Six consecutive Pro Bowl selections hardly describe the wonderfulness that is #82. During week 15 of this season, Witten became the fastest tight end to 600 receptions (in 125 games). Witten also holds a franchise record for most catches in a game by a tight end with 15.
For the 2010 season Jason Witten has a career high 8 touchdowns and is less than 50 yards short of another 1000 yard season with one game left to play. He just keeps getting better, year after year. He doesn’t complain about his teammates, his coaches or the losing record of the 2010 Dallas Cowboys. When asked about the Christmas Day loss to the Cardinals, Jason replied:
“I feel playing the way we are, we’re building on something. To lose that way, it’s hard.”
Since Jason is such a class act and would never say it, I will say it for him – JASON WITTEN DESERVES BETTER!
Jason Witten is a Super Bowl caliber player and deserves at the very least one ring on his finger. He deserves the chance to fight through the playoffs and show the world what he’s got. Can you imagine Jason Witten on the super team of the nineties?
By the time Witten is done with his football career he will be remembered as a warrior and one of the best, if not the best tight end to ever play the game. Yeah, he’s that good. But what saddens me is, much like many of the forgotten Cowboys of the 1980′s, without a Super Bowl trophy to show for it he may only be that shining star in the eyes of the fans who will always remember the helmetless warrior who never went down without a fight.
Fans say it all the time, if we only had a team full of Jason Wittens – can you imagine, we would have a dynasty for years! Players like Jason Witten don’t come along very often. He may play his entire career and never see a Super Bowl, but if that chance comes along and his dream comes true then we will really know that God is a Cowboys fan.