Mr.Reliable: Jason Witten

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Photo credit: Tom Pennington

Drafted in 2003 during the third round, Jason Witten became one of the all time greatest Cowboys to ever step foot in AT&T Stadium. Witten has played for the Cowboys his entire career that has expanded over 15 seasons. The 69th pick of the draft was born in Elizabethton, Tennessee. He attended college at the University of Tennessee where he received a football scholarship. Between him and his wife, Michelle, they have four kids.

Since draft day, Witten has played a major role in the organization. In his rookie season, Witten caught 35 passes and helped lead the Boys to the playoffs. As time went on, Witten emerged as one of the top tight ends in the NFL. Over his career, Witten has 1089 receptions, 11,888 receiving yards, and 63 touchdowns.

Outside of the field, Witten loves giving back to the community. Each year he hosts the Annual Jason Witten Football Camp which is held in his home town and free. Witten also started his very own foundation, Jason Witten’s SCORE Foundation. The foundation works against domestic violence and promotes education and youth health in Texas and Tennessee. Witten’s foundation also started the Jason Witten SCOREkeepers program, which places positive male mentors on staff at six different family abuse shelters across Texas.

Witten’s work on and off the field has helped him receive honorary awards like the Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2007 and 2012. Witten has also received the Bart Starr Award, the Home Depot Neighborhood MVP in 2008 and the Pro Football Weekly Humanitarian of the Year award in 2010. With all of that being said, Witten is on the right track to being named to the Dallas Hall of Fame and the NFL Hall of Fame.

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