Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is a future Hall of Famer. You don’t know anything about football if you argue that fact. He’s third on the all-time receptions list for NFL tight ends and he reached 600 career catches faster than any other player in history at his position. In short, he’s the only player on the Cowboys’ roster who already has a place in history. Thus, he’s the only player on this perennially disappointing team that can talk about Super Bowl titles.
It came as no surprise Tuesday when Witten told the media at Cowboys training camp in Onxard, Calif., he has no plans of retiring without a ring.
“It goes fast and I will be damned if I let this opportunity slip and not come away with a championship,” Witten said. “It has been a heck of a run. But it’s time we grab it.”
Witten has been the only sure and consistent thing in the Dallas organization since he came into the league in 2003. He simply doesn’t make mistakes, but that’s not all that makes Witten special. He has the Hall of Famer-like ability to make a big play when his team needs it the most. When the Cowboys are in a jam and actually come out of it, Witten is the reason 90 percent of the time.
So it also came as no surprise when Witten put an end to the annual preseason hype nonsense that goes on at Valley Ranch by saying the Cowboys “can’t be the same old story.” Truer words were never spoken.
After a pleasantly surprising end to the 2009 season, this team absolutely fell on its face in 2010 and 2011 despite team owner Jerry Jones insisting the Cowboys were Super Bowl contenders the whole time. So Witten giving the subliminal message that his team needs to put up or shut up just continues to show why he’s ‘qualified,’ if you will, to talk about titles and such.
If only the Cowboys had a team of Wittens. Then all the talk of Super Bowls would be justified. However, that’s not the case. But if any player can actually make it happen and say he’ll be “damned” if he doesn’t, it’s Witten.