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Jason Witten turns special moment into tribute to Cowboys legends

Giants linebacker B.J. Goodson, left, and linebacker Devon Kennard, right, tackle Cowboys tight end Jason Witten after Witten caught a pass breaking the Cowboys all-time receiving yards record held by Michael Irvin in the second quarter of the Cowboys’ 19-3 win over the Giants Sunday night at AT&T Stadium.
Giants linebacker B.J. Goodson, left, and linebacker Devon Kennard, right, tackle Cowboys tight end Jason Witten after Witten caught a pass breaking the Cowboys all-time receiving yards record held by Michael Irvin in the second quarter of the Cowboys’ 19-3 win over the Giants Sunday night at AT&T Stadium. photo@star-telegram.com

It could have been all about him, but Jason Witten turned it into a tribute to some of the Dallas Cowboys’ legends that came before.

After becoming the Cowboys all-time receiving yards leader Sunday night, Witten quickly turned his post-game interview into a tribute to Michael Irvin, whose record be broke.

Irvin tweeted his congratulations to Witten. “U have earned it & NO 1 deserves it more. WE ALL HONOR YOU!!!” he posted on Twitter.

Witten was told about Irvin’s post and returned the respect.

“I just have so much respect for the great players who have played for this organization,” he said. “Michael was somebody I remember watching and admiring the way he played. When I got here, I found out real quick he set the tone in practice and in the off-season and the way he played in games. That’s certainly what I’ve tried to do. There have been so many great teammates and coaches that helped get me there. You don’t achieve something like this on your own.”

Another famous No. 88 for the Cowboys, Drew Pearson, also honored Witten’s record. Pearson is fourth on the Cowboys’ all-time receiving yards list with 7,822. “You could have played for Coach Landry back in the day, and he would have loved you,” he wrote.

Tony Hill is third all-time with 7,988 receiving yards for the Cowboys.

“Guys like [Drew Pearson] that played skilled positions and had a lot of success, a lot of yards, both of those 88s, this 88 here in Dez [Bryant], just so many great players along the way. I’m so thankful to them,” Witten said.

Receiver Cole Beasley called Witten the “greatest of all-time.”

“Shoot, he’s even better than half these receivers,” Beasley said. “He does it all, blocking, getting open and catching the ball. He’s the ultimate team guy. I’ve learned so much from him and I know a lot of other players have too.”

Stefan Stevenson: 817-390-7760, @StevensonFWST

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