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#7 Overall, Jason Witten: Dallas Cowboys, #1 Tight End

Witten was likely a Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee as it stood, but he came out of retirement to rejoin the Cowboys.  Padding his already impressive statistics likely won’t hurt, but even if he has a bad season in his comeback it isn’t going to hurt him.

Jason Witten Retires

We have another major retirement in the National Football League as it is being reported that Dallas Cowboy Tight End Jason Witten will be retiring and joining the ESPN broadcast team.

Drafted in the 3rd Round out of Tennessee in 2003, Witten would see significant playing time in his rookie year but in 2004 he would rise to Pro Bowl status with a 980 Yard season. This would be the first of many seasons where the Dallas Cowboy would be considered an elite Tight End.

From 2005 to 2010 he would be named to six more Pro Bowls, which would also include two First Team All Pro Selections. Four more Pro Bowls would follow (2012-14 & 2017). Four of his seasons would see Witten exceed over 90 Receptions and 1,000 Yards, incredible numbers for a Tight End.

Witten retires with 12,448 Receiving Yards and 1,152 Receptions, which ranks him second overall in both stats behind Tony Gonzalez for Tight Ends. It also places him twenty-first and fourth respectively among all receivers. With hi 11 Pro Bowls and statistical accumulation he has an excellent shot at entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2023. He will certainly have a prime position on our Football list.

We here at would like to thank Jason Witten for all of the memories on the field and wish him the best at his impending career at ESPN.

Jason Witten Unretires

One of the current projects that we are working on is updating our Football Futures, which are the former players who are not yet eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. One of the people we were going to input was former Dallas Cowboys’ Tight End, Jason Witten.  With today’s news, we are not going to do that anymore. 

Witten was on Monday Night Football last year and at the time of his retirement he had been chosen for 11 Pro Bowls and collected 1,152 Receptions with 12,448 Yards.  Witten was also a First Team All Pro twice.

He is 37 and is already the all-time leader in Cowboys franchise history in Receptions and Receiving Yards.  In the season he retired (2017) he was named to the Pro Bowl so there is reason to think that he can still produce.

Many (including us) consider Jason Witten to be a future Hall of Fame inductee.  The clock just got set back a little.å

New Section: Our Top 100 Potential Pro Football Hall of Famers

We are excited here at that we are unveiling a new section, which looks at the top active players in the big four of sports and how they are positioned at the start of each seasons in regards to Hall of Fame credentials.

We are beginning with Pro Football, and how perfect is that considering the seasons kicks off this week.  Rather than list everyone directly, we have isolated them based on their position and with the exception of Special Teams, we have created a new stat based on the last five modern players (not senior inductees) of their respective position and how the current player compares with that.

This will be updated annually, so this 100 was finalized this week. We will not be updating again until the end of the season.

The new section begins here

We here at would like to thank you all for your continued support and we hope that you enjoy this new section!

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