Feb 1, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten speaks to the attendees before being presented with the 2013 Bart Starr award for outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community during the Super Bowl Breakfast at the Hyatt Regency. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The Elite In Jason Witten


I don’t think the NFL does a good job of savoring the elite. Nor do us fans. We are more likely to spend our eyes on featured wide receivers who hit their wives or mouthy players who are, well, mouthy.

That’s a shame.

As a Cowboy fan, our focus of late has been on what to fix or who to blame. We tell ourselves that if we just fix this or that, we can be propelled to that next step. But the truth is in the numbers as former head coach Bill Parcells said, “You are what your record says your are.”

Dec 16, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) scores a second quarter touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Because the Dallas Cowboys are a “dot” five hundred team, we forget the goodness already employed by this organization — an important element of the Cowboy engine and tradition.

When I look back over the years, I think we’ve taken starting tight end Jason Witten for granted. Shame on you. Shame on me.

A plague on both our houses!

The Daily Man

Jason Witten shows up on Sundays. No, literally. From 2003 – 2012, he played in all games except one in 2003. So why aren’t we talking about this guy enough? I swear, if we asked J-Wit to remove his helmet and had him shave his hair, there would be two stars tattooed on each side of his head.

This man is a real Dallas Cowboy.

To Be Jay Novacek, Or Not To Be

Before Jason Witten came along, The Dallas Cowboys were in search of a player to replace former tight end Jay Novacek. We clamored for a replacement. We begged, yelled, kicked and screamed. And then in 1997 we spent our 1st round, 22nd pick on David LaFleur. David played four seasons with 85 receptions and 12 touchdowns.

Oh brother. Now let’s fast forward to today.

Jason Witten has been targeted 875 times. He has 806 receptions. That means he caught 92% of the balls thrown his way.

Ridiculous.

Jay Novacek, a man who has three Super Bowl rings, went further than numbers. He not only thinks Jason Witten is the best Cowboy to ever play the position, but is the greatest tight end to have ever played. Period. Whoa.

Pre-Approved For The Hall of Fame

The Dallas Cowboys will face the Miami Dolphins on August 4th for The NFL’s preseason Hall of Fame game. Offensive Lineman Larry Allen and Bill Parcells will be ushered into the Hall of Fame.

Jason Witten might as well hang the cleats for one night and have himself inducted into the Hall of Fame. I’m sure the NFL wouldn’t mind; it would just make things easier down the road for everybody. The NFL will save on gas money and time on paper work. Jason Witten would be there already anyways.

No Alarms, No Surprises

There’s no other player on the roster right now that buffers the phrase “America’s Team” more than Jason Witten. He is a class act. He is the 2012 Walter Payton Man of The Year and an eight time Pro Bowler. Jason Witten is a husband, father, and one of the greatest sons the NFL has (and needs).

You are not going to get controversial press with number 82. He’s not loud. He doesn’t make a lot of mistakes on or off the field. He displays positive attributes as a teammate. Jason Witten plays the game to the tune of class. Jason Witten doesn’t need to be flashy or aggressive in his behavior to have the cameras follow him. No, he is a man who lets his actions speak for him.

I got to tell you, I think that’s a terrific model to lead yourself whether it be in the NFL, or through daily life.

Too Legit To Quit

Jason Witten could survive without Tony Romo. Tony Romo could not survive without Jason Witten. Big difference there folks.

We could dress Jason Witten in 31 other uniforms and I’m betting you this tight end would be just as successful. But let’s not go for this. (Quick, remember the images of Emmitt Smith in a Cardinals uniform.)

I don’t have access to a crystal ball. I can’t tell you if Jason Witten will end his career with Super Bowl jewelry. What I can assure you is this: Jason Witten stands even with other Dallas Cowboy legends like Emmitt Smith, Larry Allen, Troy Aikman, Drew Pearson, and Tom Landry. (Gosh this franchise is spoiled!)

As long as Jason Witten dresses for a game, he’ll give this game his best. He’ll give the fans his best. He’ll make plays, and do the dirty work and block. He’ll clap when his teammates score.

Pay respect to Jason Witten everybody. On America’s Team there exists a true Cowboy.

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  • DTarve23

    Amen Brother Preach It !!!!

    • Michael Vu

      Thanks sir! You gotta love J-WIT!

  • GuessWho?YeahMe!

    There are rumors that JWitt is planning on going openly gay. Personally I think he should. That would make a new meaning to your line: “On America’s Team there exists a true Cowboy.” Brokeback Mountain style.

    • billy

      would that make you feel better about yourself guess? to have jwit over in your camp. sharing your feelings for other men with someone special would that validate your lifestyle for you? i dont think jwit is like that but im sure there are some around. but if it makes you like yourself more then have it your way. gay people need comfort too no doubt about it. you would probably benefit also by comming out in public. let the world know what kind of man you are. maybe then you will feel better about yourself and wont have to accuse other people. you can just rest your mind in the fact and be happy and satisfied that you are where you belong

      • GuessWho?YeahMe!

        billy, don’t you mean our lifestyle? Maybe you me and Jwit can start something? Seems like its about time you came out of the closet just like Jwitt. Its time to embrace it guys.

        • billy

          no guess i mean your life style i never saw a bully or a bone smoker in my life who could keep his mouth shut. they all want everyone to see them and hear them. you seem to fit the mold. im glad you came out of the closet tho. i think it will be best for you in the long run now that youve stopped hiding. all you like now is giving your real name so everyone can know how you roll but please dont include me in your group. see thats the trouble with you gobblers you always need to drag someone else in with you. youre afraid to go it alone. is that insecurity or what> why dont you just tell the folks about yourself and leave me and wit out of your group. find you a guy to marry so you can be happy without involving other people and maybe you can live happily ever after

          • GuessWho?YeahMe!

            You know you love me billy. I love you.

  • billy

    hes there. hes there with bob lilly, roger staubach, emmett smith all those guys. the best the cowboys can boast. lee roy jordan, and michael irvine. guys who never lay it down. no quit no place no time. what a pleasure and an honor to have gotten to have these guys as part of my team over all these years. thanks to god

    • GuessWho?YeahMe!

      Wait, you mean all those guys are brokeback?

      • billy

        you seem fixated on brokeback guess. i havent seen the show or read the book but im thinking it must have been all the rage in your tailgunners community huh? you keep involving more people with yourself. lets just stick with talking about you. you were the one seeking recognition for yourself and your lifestyle. i havent heard of wit or any of the cowboys being gay except from you. why dont you tell us how you became gay or were you born gay or just become gay? how does that work? stuff like that is a lot more interesting than your accusations of other people see? lets hear about old guess himself. was your dad gay too? did he run off with another man and leave you and your mom? was that what started you on the road to gayness? are you a married man with children? are you a woman trapped in a mans body? when you are cuddling with george or randy do you love the feel of his hairy chest rubbing on your bare skin? when you are kissing george and he slips the tongue in your mouth does that cause a tingle down deep in the bottom of your scrotum? thats the kind of info the whole world would like to know about you. how about it?

        • GuessWho?YeahMe!

          Every Cowboy and Cowboy fan is brokeback. You didn’t know? Its a movie by the way. You should watch it. I’m sure you’ll relate. LOL

          • billy

            no guess i cant relate to any of that stuff but im sure you did. speaking of relateing why dont you relate to the folks how it feels to have another man mount you. that would be more along your line of cowboying that you would know about. tell how you grease guns feel about being used for a human punching board. do they yell yippi ki yea? when theyre in the saddle? is that how they do it? oh by the way guess, in rodeos they sometimes have pole bending now im not talking about pole sitting, thats a completely different thing which im sure you know about, but pole bending. you should check it out you might just make a champion pole bender. try it then get back to us and let us know how it goes for you.