The Dallas Cowboys are one of the most popular teams in the NFL and everything they do seems to get magnified 100 times more than it probably should. Any quote given or move made by the Cowboys takes the world by storm, unless it comes from tight end Jason Witten.
The Cowboys future Hall of Famer was being honored in his hometown of Elizabethton, Tennessee the other day and perhaps Witten got a little excited. While giving a speech in honor of ‘Jason Witten Day,’ the Dallas tight end let this beauty slip out:
“When I’m standing in New York some early February day, holding up that Lombardi Trophy with snow coming down on my face, I’ll thank each and every one of you here that allowed me to have Jason Witten Day.”
That happened a week ago, yet unless you’re a Cowboys fan who is very dedicated to reading about the ‘Boys, this might be the first time you’ve heard about the story. Can you imagine the news if that quote would have been made by Jerry Jones or Tony Romo? It would have been the lead story on the NFL Network and ESPN, and twitter might have broken down. People flipped out over Stephen Jones‘ comments about competing for a Super Bowl a few weeks ago and it was all over the news, but Witten darn near guarantees a Super Bowl win and nobody says boo.
The logic is simple here; people love Jason Witten because he’s a quiet leader, an outstanding football player and an even better person, I get all of that. However, just because Witten doesn’t talk as much or as loudly as some other people in the Cowboys organization, (see Jones, Jerry), doesn’t mean we can ignore what he said. Witten made a bold claim, maybe in the excitement of the moment, and there is no outrage or snickering from anyone. Jerry Jones gets excited over the Cowboys every other day and people want to criticize every little word. So why not hold Witten in the same regard?
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe Witten should take back anything he said because he believes in his team and thinks they can win the Super Bowl this season. So do Jerry and Stephen Jones, but when they say something like that they get vilified. I don’t think Witten deserves to get criticized for what he said, and most of the time neither do the Jones’ but its obvious there is a double standard on who we choose to criticize.
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