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Jason Witten on what happened when he met fellow rookie Tony Romo for the first time

On the possibility of passing tight end Tony Gonzalez in receptions

Jason Witten: I don’t know if you can ever pass that. He’s set the bar pretty high, second all-time behind Jerry (Rice). I’ve never kind of thought about that, even getting a thousand receptions. Always just try to go into every year and say ‘How can I have my best season and help our team win and play at a high level?’ Just take it one year at a time right now and see where we’re at. I don’t know if that means we’ll ever catch him.

That Gonzalez number is like Mt. Everest

Jason Witten: I think that says a lot about him at the tight end position and what he was able to do. People don’t realize; he played 17 years. That’s a long time and he was still catching 70-75 balls at the end. Name of the game is consistency. He embodied all of that, every year, from his rookie year to the end. That’s what I’m trying to do. I’ve got a great example in him and how he was able to approach it.

How special is it that the guy (Tony Romo) you came into the league with, you’re still catching passes from him?

Jason Witten: It’s been remarkable. I think that’s probably the greatest satisfaction and joy that I’ve had is the relationship I’ve built with Tony on and off the field. When you’re, literally, on the same shuttle bus on a rookie minicamp and you’re still together, 13 years later, playing key roles on this organization. To see the adversity we’ve gone through, the success we’ve gone through … getting married, having children. It’s been a really special bond. Cause we started at the bottom and we worked together. When you experience that together, it just brings that bond even more close.

Do you remember the first time you met him and who big-timed who

Jason Witten: All I remember is we were on the same shuttle bus, going from the hotel to the airport. Rookie minicamp. I didn’t know who he was. He didn’t know who I was. I was a third-round draft pick. He should have at least known who I was. He said, ‘you wanna go across the street and get some pizza.’ My initial thought was, I don’t know about that … the day before our first opportunity in the NFL. That’s just the way he was. The camaraderie. We hit it off from that point. That weekend was a fun weekend for both of us.

If you weren’t playing football, what would you be doing?

Jason Witten: I don’t know. I would somehow be around athletics.

Source: DallasNews

Witten: I’m against domestic violence, but Hardy is a teammate

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten says he can simultaneously oppose domestic violence and support teammate Greg Hardy, who missed 15 games last year and will miss another 10 games this year because of a domestic violence charge.

“I think more than anything I think everybody knows [I’m against] domestic violence,” Witten told Todd Archer of ESPN. “That’s unwavering. That’s something that I lived, my family lived. But that guy is a teammate of mine, so I think you have to look at it from that standpoint. As coach [Jason] Garrett says, it’s our job to invite those guys in and create a standard of how we do things. I think he’s done a great job since he’s been here. It’s not my job to decide who comes in. I’m a tight end. But I’ve been really pleased how he’s approached it and how he goes to work and what kind of teammate he’s been. The day he got suspended, the next day he’s in there working out, so I think that’s kind of the mentality he has, what kind of work ethic [he has] and what he’s trying to prove in Dallas.”

Ultimately, the Cowboys are in the business of winning games, and Witten supports bringing in good players.

“I think when you add the guy like that and then he gets suspended and you never know how it’s going to come out,” Witten said. “The guy works his tail off. Our job is to welcome him and show him the way we do things and embrace him as a teammate, and he’s done everything that you want. He’s a hard worker. Obviously he’s a talented player. I think he’s learned a lot from what he’s gone through in the last year. He’s had a good offseason.”

Witten’s comments point to a big reason that Hardy can find a job again, while Ray Rice, who also had a well-publicized domestic violence incident during the 2014 offseason, can’t: In 2013 Hardy was one of the best pass rushers in the NFL, while Rice averaged 3.1 yards a carry in 2013. The NFL gives players second chances, but only if they’re good players like Hardy.


Jason Witten still driven to succeed after all these years

IRVING, Texas — Over the weekend, Jason Witten hosted his football camp for school-age kids in grades 1-8 at Liberty Christian School.

He could have put his name on the event, stood off to the side and glad-handed people over the two days. Instead, he hopped from drill to drill, age group to age group, working the field. He knows no other way.

He has 10 Pro Bowls to his credit. No Dallas Cowboys player has more catches in team history. Only Michael Irvin has more yards. Only Tony Gonzalez has more catches and yards than Witten among tight ends in NFL history.

Yet he wanted to make sure the 500 kids on hand for the camp got a piece of him.

“I love playing football,” Witten said. “I love the offseason. I love the studying, going through and watching the tape, the grind of the evaluation process and what you can do better. I enjoy that. Then have the opportunity to see the excitement during events like this, and obviously giving back to the community is huge part of that platform that I want to have as a player and as a person all into one, and hopefully be a champion.”

The last part of that sentence is what drives him. He turned 33 earlier in the month. He is signed through 2017. He has accomplished more than he ever thought possible individually. Off the field, he has proven to be one of the NFL’s best too, through events like his camp, helping him win the Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2012.

But he has yet to come close to winning a Super Bowl. The Cowboys have not advanced past the divisional round of the playoffs in his 12 seasons. Last season came to an end almost as painfully as 2006, when they lost at Seattle in the wild-card round of the playoffs when the snap for the game-winning field goal slipped through Tony Romo’s hands. Dez Bryant’s fourth-down catch at the Green Bay 1 was overturned by replay. The Cowboys wouldn’t get the ball back again, and the Packers advanced to the NFC Championship Game.

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Witten praises running back Joseph Randle

“Every year, you know there are going to be changes,” Witten said Sunday during his youth football ProCamp at Liberty Christian School in Argyle. “We had success and DeMarco hit free agency and you hate to see a guy like that go just because he did everything the right way. He worked the right way, he came up in the system and obviously had a phenomenal season last year.

“But I think every year there’s challenges. This year it’s no different with contract issues or signing free agents and all that goes into it. I think Coach Garrett has done a good job and our job is to say, ‘Hey, last year is over with. We’ve got to go prove it again.’ And I think that’s what we’re focused on doing right now. It our job, it’s my job and Tony’s and some of the other leaders is to create a way that that’s how we go to work. Last year was good, but we’re trying to be better than that.”

Witten said he’s excited to see what Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar and Ryan Williams can do with their opportunities behind Dallas’ talented offensive line.

“More than anything it’s competition,” Witten said. “That’s what Coach Garrett has tried to do a good job of bringing in competition and having us compete. That’s a position I think we’re all excited to see where it’ll go.”

When asked specifically about Randle, who was arrested twice in the last year, Witten said he thinks the third-year back has learned from his experiences and “decided to kind of embrace this opportunity.”

“He’s had good workouts,” Witten said. “I could tell he’s focused, he’s locked in. I think he sees the opportunity he has in front of him. I think he wants everybody to have that trust in him that he can be the guy.”
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Happy Birthday Jason Witten!

Today is Jason Witten’s 33rd birthday and here at Jason-Witten.Com I would like to wish him a Happy Birthday! If you are reading this i just wanna say I hope you have a great day with all your friends and family, have as much fun as possible & Go Cowboys!