An Eagles Tribute To Cowboys Retiree Jason Witten

Mike Fisher
May 07, 2018 - 9:16 am
Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten

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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - If you're a member of the Dallas Cowboys family, you naturally reach out to the retired Jason Witten to express gratitude for how he impacted you personally and professionally.

But maybe it's even more impressive when Jason Witten's opponents cite him as a role model.

Typical of the outpouring this weekend is the social media post from Zach Ertz, the Philadelphia Eagles young tight end.

"First off I want to say congratulations to someone that had a profound impact on my career by just being the man he is," Ertz said on his Instagram post. "At 17 years old when I was trying to figure out what a tight end meant, and what they embodied, I started following the tight end for the Cowboys.

"Everything he did, on the field and off, I tried to emulate. I studied him so much, if it was 3rd & 7, I knew what play was coming, and I knew how he would attack the defender on Y-Option. It’s remarkable the impact athletes can have on our society just by carrying themselves the right way, respecting others and pursuing excellence.

"So from now on, when you look up the definition of Tight End, it should be a picture of this jersey and nothing else. Thank you Witt for being you and being someone a 17 year old kid from California could say, 'That’s who I want to be like when I grow up!' And like you always say... THE SECRETS IN THE DIRT."

Witten played 15 years for the Cowboys, and missed only a single game. The statistics are all there, among the best any tight end has ever produced in NFL history: 1,152 catches (good for fourth in NFL history among all players) and 69 touchdowns, numbers that will certainly get him to Canton as a Hall-of-Famer. 

He holds the Cowboys record for most games played, most Pro Bowl selections, most receptions and most receiving yards. But as Ertz just demonstrated, Jason Witten's influence goes beyond the numbers ... and it even goes beyond being a Cowboy.