Jason Witten is moving on, but he didn’t leave the Dallas Cowboys without a classy goodbye first.
On Thursday morning, a report from ESPN’s Todd Archer surfaced that revealed the former Tennessee star will retire after a successful career as a Cowboys tight end to become an analyst on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. It marks the conclusion of a sterling run on the field for Witten, who ranks fourth in NFL history among all pass catchers with 1,152 career receptions, trailing only former wide receiver Jerry Rice (1,549), fellow former tight end Tony Gonzalez (1,325) and Arizona Cardinals superstar Larry Fitzgerald (1,234).
On Thursday afternoon, video surfaced of Witten offering a classy goodbye to Cowboys employees. A large number of people turned out to receive one last glimpse of the 11-time Pro Bowl player.
Check out the clip below, as released by Sporting News’ Twitter account:
Jason Witten says goodbye to all of the Cowboys' employees. pic.twitter.com/DDPyP98cac
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) May 3, 2018
Such a fantastic scene, right?
It will be fun to follow Witten’s progress as a broadcaster with ESPN. He reportedly could make around $4.5 million for his work on Monday Night Football, which is more money than his football contract called for in base pay for the season ($1.05 million). Recently, former Tennessee quarterback and Witten teammate Casey Clausen told SEC Country’s Mike Griffith that Witten should be a strong fit in the broadcast booth.
“Jason will be great in the booth, and it’s a boost for Tennessee football,” Clausen said.
Before looking too far ahead, you can understand the emotions to come from Dallas on Thursday afternoon. This is the end of a memorable era, for sure.
— Tennessee Athletics (@Vol_Sports) May 3, 2018