3. Jason Witten
While he called it a career just a few short years ago, it’s obvious that Jason Witten will first enter Canton as a first-ballot Hall of Famer and then will return to the team he spent 16 seasons with to take his place in the Ring of Honor.
Witten is regarded as one of the best and most reliable tight ends the game has ever seen. He was a third-round draft selection in 2003 out of the University of Tennessee and cemented himself as the Cowboys’ franchise tight end by his second season, which is a rarity for tight ends.
While as a Cowboy, Witten was a four-time All-Pro and 11-time Pro Bowler, and was named the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2012.
Statistically, Witten totaled 1,228 career receptions, 13,046 yards, and 74 touchdowns. As a Cowboy, he is the organization's all-time leader in receiving yards (12,977), receptions (1,215) and games played (255).
Fans and the media will remember Witten for his connection with former quarterback Tony Romo and his reliability. During his first retirement, former Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett talked about Y-Option and how it was Witten's signature play.
Now retired for good, the Cowboys have seen multiple faces come and go at tight end, making fans appreciate even more just how great No. 82 was.