Brett Favre, Cal Ripken, Lou Gehrig. These are athletes you think of when you hear the term ‘Iron Man.’
Jason Witten joined the discussion after the 14-year veteran made his 204th career start, breaking the Dallas Cowboys franchise record he shared with Ed Jones.
It was also Witten’s 154th consecutive start, tying a team record with Lee Roy Jordan.
“I learned a long time ago as a young kid, playing with my grandfather, football is the ultimate team game,” Witten said. “It’s not about any one individual, certainly not the case for me, but tonight was really special.”
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The Cowboys (6-1) defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 29-23 in overtime as Witten caught the game-winning, 5-yard touchdown pass from Dak Prescott.
“It was great for him to catch the game-winner,” rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott said. “It’s the game he broke the record for the most games played by a Cowboy, so it was a perfect story.”
Witten finished with three catches and 16 yards while catching his 61st career touchdown pass.
“I’m honored and humbled by this opportunity Mr. [Jerry] Jones has given me, and I love this football team,” Witten said. “It’s good to see the hard work pay off. We have some things to clean up, but this is a special moment for me.”
Prescott knew exactly who to look for when he began scrambling on second-and-goal from the 5. Prescott found No. 82 standing all alone in the end zone as he started rolling back to his left.
It was Witten’s first touchdown of the season.
“A lot went through my mind,” Prescott said. “Like this is my first touchdown throw to Witten. This is the game-winner. Just get it to him. I was able to do that, and he made a good catch. A special moment.”