Jason Witten is officially calling it a career at 2 p.m. today.
The longtime Dallas Cowboys’ tight end will hold a news conference with owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett, as he heads to ESPN’s "Monday Night Football" broadcast booth.
Witten leaves a lasting legacy on the Cowboys, being the franchise leader in receptions (1,152), receiving yards (12,448), consecutive games played (235), games started (229) and several others.
Here’s what those who played and were around him had to say –
Earlier this week, Romo recalled the first time he met Witten as the two joined the organization as rookies in 2003.
“We ended up hanging out and, gosh, he just wouldn’t leave me alone so I had to become friends with him,” Romo said, chuckling.
But Romo knows Witten’s impact on and off the field.
"You can’t really put a number on what Jason Witten has done or meant," Romo said. "He’s done really everything a Cowboy could do that you guys see, but also behind closed doors just within the facility and with the team.
"He’s the classic example every coach will use for everyone to follow. For every rookie, for every veteran he’s the guy that everyone’s going to look to and try to emulate. I think that standard will be with the Cowboys long after he’s gone. I don’t think he even understands yet that that’s what he put in place there is a standard of really just your routine and excellence day to day that every kid has to abide by now. He really was that guy."
Bryant took to Instagram on Friday to express his thoughts on Romo, calling him the “GOAT” (Greatest of All Time) and a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
“What an amazing career 82,” Bryant wrote. “Oh yea I dropped a dime to ya for 6.”
Byrant is referring to his lone TD pass, a 10-yard completion to Witten on Dec. 26, 2016 vs. Detroit.
The longtime voice of the Cowboys posted on Twitter – “There is no room that is better when @JasonWitten leaves it.”
Longtime personnel guru recalled Witten switching from defensive end to tight end in college: “.@JasonWitten had one stipulation when he was being recruited out of HS: he wanted to play DE, not TE. After an injury at @Vol_Football, Phil Fulmer asked Jason if he'd play TE. Forever a team player, he said yes. The rest is history. Congrats, Jason, on a great career.”