ESPN commentator Jason Witten has decided he doesn’t want to permanently hang up his helmet just yet. The former Dallas Cowboys tight end is stepping out of the booth and returning to the football field.
- Witten announced today that he would return to the Cowboys for his 16th season in the National Football League.
- Witten is second all-time amongst tight ends with 1,152 catches and has been selected to 11 pro bowls, a Dallas Cowboys record for offensive players.
- Witten spent one season as part of the Monday Night Football commentary team after retiring from football last year.
What they’re saying:
- Witten: “The fire inside of me to compete and play this game is just burning too strong. This team has a great group of rising young stars, and I want to help them make a run at a championship. This was completely my decision, and I am very comfortable with it. I’m looking forward to getting back in the dirt.”
- ESPN Statement: “We thank Jason for his many contributions to Monday Night Football and to ESPN over the past year and wish him continued success. We have seen many former coaches and players go into broadcasting before eventually returning to the game they love, so we understand Jason’s desire to return to the Dallas Cowboys. In the coming weeks we will determine our MNF plans for the 2019 season.”
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