At almost 37-years old, Jason Witten is coming out of retirement. The Cowboys’ tight end retired after the 2017 season but recently decided that he isn’t done with football. The Cowboys couldn’t be happier to have him back. Witten is known as one of the hardest working guys in football and the type of mentor that any coaching staff likes to have around.
In his late 30s, Witten is not expecting much playing time. Not that he is too old to play, but coming back to the Cowboys isn’t about his work on the field. Witten was one of the best tight ends in football, all the way up to his retirement. He remained a solid target for Dak Prescott (the Cowboys young quarterback) into his last years as a starter. Witten was the guy you threw to on third down when the team needed a conversion.
Why is Witten so Valuable?
Witten has more experience playing tight end in the NFL than perhaps anyone else the Cowboys could have picked up. But it’s more than his experience that makes him special. Witten set records for most games played, most consecutive games played, and most consecutive starts. There’s no one better than him to teach work ethic and consistency.
And for younger guys who may not see the point in never missing a game, never even missing a practice (Witten was notorious for this), Witten’s stats speak for themselves. Instead of tailing off at the end of his career, Witten had a stellar season, catching 63 passes and scoring five touchdowns. And now he’s back!
Witten’s consistent work ethic made him a Cowboys legend and there’s no doubt that the Cowboys made a good choice in taking him back for the 2019 season. He may not be on the field all that much in 2019 but his presence within the organization can already be felt.