Midway through the third quarter of the Dallas Cowboys matchup against the Houston Texans on Sunday, Cowboys Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten made an important 34-yard reception that helped extend what would become a touchdown scoring drive for Dallas. On that same catch, Witten also achieved a professional milestone. The 12-year veteran passed the 10,000 career receiving yard mark with that reception.
Witten now ranks 41st on the NFL’s all-time career receiving yards record. But he is the third highest tight end on the list, only behind Tony Gonzalez (15,127 yards) and Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe (10,060 yards). On Sunday, against the Texans, Witten recorded four receptions for 59 yards. His current career total sits at 10, 014 receiving yards.
“That would be special,” Witten told ESPN Dallas earlier this week on the prospect of surpassing the 10,000 yard mark. “I think over the years to be able to achieve something like that is neat. That would be one to look at and say, ‘Man, that’s pretty special.’ To join that group of guys, Tony and Shannon, not only were they two of the best tight ends, but they were two of the best receivers in the game.”
There are currently five other former Cowboys players on the NFL’s all-time career receiving yards list ahead of Witten. They are: Terrell Owens (15,934 yards), Jimmy Smith (12,287 yards), Michael Irvin (11,904 yards), Joey Galloway (10,950 yards) and Keyshawn Johnson (10,571 yards). Jason Witten is the Cowboys’ all-time franchise leader in career receptions with 894…and counting.