When Jason Witten entered the NFL 17 years in the past as a third-round select in Dallas, his famously blunt trainer, Invoice Parcells, delivered him a easy message.
“He taught me early on, reliability, dependability, consistency, that’s how you’re making it on this sport,” Witten stated Wednesday. “The ones are characteristics that I’ve saved close to and costly to me for my complete occupation.”
For almost twenty years that integrated a one-year interruption within the “Monday Evening Soccer” pronouncing sales space, Witten has taken that recommendation to center.
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The 38-year-old Witten has overlooked just one sport in 17 seasons within the NFL and can damage Corridor of Famer Tony Gonzalez’s report for tight ends along with his 271st occupation sport in Sunday’s season finale for the Las Vegas Raiders (7-Eight) in opposition to the Denver Broncos (Five-10).
“To have a chance like this, I feel that’s simply the best way I attempted to play,” Witten stated. “I feel on this league, the minute you are feeling such as you’ve arrived otherwise you belong, you’re going to get handed up. I feel my merit and more or less my edge for me was once that on a daily basis of each and every second, I by no means felt like this sport owed me the rest. I needed to cross earn it. That’s cross available in the market and play. You pay attention folks speak about it frequently. It’s a ‘display me’ sport.”
Witten has proven masses in a occupation that featured 11 Professional Bowl berths, first-team All-Professional choices in 2007 and 2010, and one of the crucial maximum prolific stats somebody has submit on the place.
He had 8 seasons with no less than 75 catches, 4 1,000-yard campaigns and ranks 2d all-time on the place with 1,228 receptions and 13,046 yards, and is 5th with 74 TDs.
The Raiders signed him to a one-year deal for a veteran presence within the tight ends room and are happy with what they were given in spite of handiest 13 catches for 69 yards.
“He’s been nice for the tight ends, he’s been nice for me, he’s been nice for our offense,” trainer Jon Gruden stated. “Sadly, we now have now not been in a position to have numerous workforce gatherings, workforce foods, workforce conferences as a result of the protocols and the quarantines and all that stuff. However he’s had an actual affect on our guys. … He’s probably the most nice struggle daddies of all-time and he’s going to damage Tony Gonzalez’s report on Sunday, and it’s nice to had been a small a part of that.”
Witten stated he hasn’t determined whether or not he needs to take a look at to come back again subsequent season or retire for excellent. He stepped away as soon as already after the 2017 season to interchange Gruden as analyst on “Monday Evening Soccer” for ESPN.
That didn’t cross neatly and Witten returned to the Cowboys in 2019 sooner than signing with the Raiders this previous offseason. Gruden stated he believes Witten may just practice his trail once more and get into training if he sought after.
“I feel he’d be an ideal trainer,” Gruden stated. “I feel after seeing what we went thru this 12 months, I’d say hell no, I feel he’s going to get again into TV or cross do one thing else. However yeah, I feel he’d be a stellar trainer. I feel he’d be a Tom Landry, a Invoice Cowher. I feel he’s were given excellent soccer mind, he’s were given nice motivational talents, he’s a very good communicator and he loves the sport.”
NOTES: DE Clelin Ferrell (shoulder) was once put on IR. … DE Takk McKinley, who was once claimed off waivers in November, received’t play this season for the Raiders. He went on IR with a groin harm once he arrived and hasn’t recovered. … S Jeff Heath (concussion) was once activated from IR and DB Daryl Worley was once activated from the COVID-19 record. … RB Jalen Richard was once positioned at the COVID-19 record. … T Trent Brown (knee), G Denzelle Excellent (ankle), DT Maurice Hurst (calf) and DB Lamarcus Joyner (thigh) didn’t apply.