Dallas Cowboys: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
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player. 123. . Tight End. (2003-2017). Jason Witten. 10

With tight end Jason Witten retiring this past offseason for the second time, it’s clear he’ll go down as one of the greatest players in Dallas Cowboys’ history. And despite his lack of Super Bowl victories, the stalwart veteran literally holds every other accolade you could want from a top-ten member on this list.

Drafted in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft out of Tennessee, Witten would improbably miss one single game in a stellar 16-year career with the Cowboys. In that span, he would record 12,977 receiving yards, the most in franchise history.

Witten’s 1,215 career catches in Dallas are 465 more than the next closest Cowboy, wide receiver Michael Irvin (750), and tops Dallas’ all-time receptions list. He racked up a whopping 11 Pro Bowl nominations during his tenure and was named an All-Pro four times. In 2012, Witten was given the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award.

Quite simply, Jason Witten was the greatest tight end in Dallas Cowboys’ history. And one of the top players ever to play the game. He should be a first-ballot Hall of Famer when his first year of eligibility arrives, which won’t be until 2026.