Jason Witten retires from NFL to join 'Monday Night Football'

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A press conference has been scheduled for Thursday at 2:00 p.m., at The Star in Frisco.

Of the many great plays he made over the years for the Cowboys, one of the most remembered came in 2007 when his helmet was knocked off after a reception against the Eagles and he ran another 30 yards without it.

Jason Witten is headed for the broadcast booth after a 15-year, Hall-of-Fame career with the Dallas Cowboys.

Tennessee Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer coached Witten at UT and famously had the Elizabethton, Tenn., native switch to tight end during his freshman season after beginning his career as a defensive end.

As happens with the majority of National Football League players, Witten's play began to decline with age after 15 seasons.

While Witten is the only Dallas player with 1,000 catches (1,152), his career was defined more by durability and toughness than flashy stats. I relied on grit. "Other players might have been more talented, but no one was going to outwork me".

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For Witten, the opportunity to follow in those footsteps became an easier decision than chasing a Super Bowl for another season.

"But when you go through that process and I was certain that when I went through that I wanted the blessing of Jerry and his family. Over the last 15 years, he's played virtually every play". "The hardest part of this decision was knowing that I would not hand you that Lombardi Trophy".

The Cowboys may not have seen the production in 2017 out of Witten that they had seen over the majority of his career, but his locker room leadership and chemistry with quarterback Dak Prescott were valuable.

Since Witten took a week to mull things over, that gave Jerry Jones some extra time to come up with the ideal retirement gift, and let's just say the Cowboys owner didn't disappoint. Garrett coached Witten the last eight seasons.

"There's an old saying in pro football: The circus doesn't stay in town forever", Witten said, as quoted on NFL.com.

While Witten's retirement was anticipated - as was his landing with ESPN - the longtime player reportedly changed his mind several times over the past week before eventually accepting the gig.