Dak Prescott honors Jason Witten with respectful IG message

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Jason Witten (second from the left) joined retired Cowboys Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman, along with Roger Goodell, at the National Football League draft. He's the only one of those four without a Super Bowl.

"I never allowed my mind to drift to a place of what this day would look like", Witten said in his speech, adding it was time to "pass the torch to the next generation of Dallas Cowboys".

The Cowboys were eager to have him back, but team executive vice president Stephen Jones said there was no pressure on the tight end. Your family at your side, they're a big part of those decisions that you make. "He shared with me what he thought and in only the way he can do it, he told me to go be John Wayne. I hope that in your eyes, I held up my end of the bargain".

According to TMZ Sports, Jones gave Witten a football covered in diamonds to thank him for his 15 seasons with the Cowboys. He's also third in receiving touchdowns (68) in Dallas and now sits fourth in the entire league in total catches.

Following his tenure with the Vols, Witten was selected in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He has informed owner and general manager Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett of his decision.

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.

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The circumstances for Witten and Romo were different.

Witten walks away from the game as the Cowboys' all-time leader in receptions (1,152) and receiving yardage (12,448). Romo had lost his job to Dak Prescott while injured and was deciding last offseason whether to play elsewhere.

Witten, who turns 36 on Sunday, delivered a heartfelt tribute to the game and the Cowboys organization in announcing his retirement after a 15-year Hall-of-Fame career. He acknowledged the offer from ESPN changed things.

"Jason Witten is the epitome of a team player", Fulmer said. I think that standard will be with the Cowboys long after he's gone.

What Witten did on the field was a dream individual career, especially at a position that tended to fly under the radar everywhere except places like New England or San Diego, and, of course, Dallas. He spent two seasons walking under it.

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