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Cowboys star Jason Witten retires and joins ESPN's 'MNF'

The 36-year-old tight end has informed Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett of his decision, after vacillating on his decision daily — even hourly.


Kahron Spearman


Multiple outlets have confirmed that Jason Witten is retiring from the Dallas Cowboys and joining ESPN as a color analyst for Monday Night Football.

 

His retirement had been heavily rumored for the last week.

 

The 36-year-old tight end has informed Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett of his decision, after vacillating on his decision daily even hourly, according to an ESPN report. 

I think that's the biggest challenge walking away is that you didn't accomplish the ultimate goal that you set out for. That's something that's hard. ... That's never something you're OK with. I just think you have to make choices with where you're at in life and what's going on around you, your family on your side. And they're a big part of those decisions that you make. I think that you could chase that thing forever and it might be the next year, but it might be 10 years away. It's a tough decision.

ESPN reports that Witten had an offer with another network that would've allowed him to play in his 16th season, and subsequently take on the new position immediately after. 

 

The 11-time Pro Bowler finishes as the Cowboys' all-time leader in games played, consecutive games played, starts, catches and receiving yards. He's also fourth in NFL history in catches and sits just behind Tony Gonzalez for receiving yards among tight ends.

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