Jason Witten mentioned Roger Staubach, Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman, Bob Lilly and Michael Irvin. Witten chuckled when he found out Tony Romo threw No. 82 on Mount Cowboy.
“I mean, definitely humbled by him saying that being mentioned with some of those guys that make this organization the best in the world, but I got a long way to go to catch those guys,” Witten said Thursday. “I think that just shows the relationship we have and a lot of respect. You do something with somebody for so long, you’re pulling for him and want to see him do well. That’s the relationship we have. But there’s been some great ones and I know I’ve got a long way to go even to be mentioned with those guys.”
On a conference call with the Seattle media Wednesday, Romo was asked what it has meant to him to have Witten as a teammate since the two arrived in Dallas together in 2003.
“Witten’s just the best,” Romo said. “”He might be the best Dallas Cowboy of all time. Literally, his career has been exceptional. He’s hit every mark he ever had. He’s going to go on as the first or second greatest tight end of all time. I just think I’ve been lucky enough to be able to play with him.”
Witten, 32, has 898 catches for 10,014 yards and 52 touchdowns. Among tight ends in NFL history, Witten ranks second in catches to Tony Gonzalez (1,325) and third in receiving yards behind Gonzalez (15,127) and Shannon Sharpe (10,060). Witten ranks ninth among tight ends in career touchdowns.
Witten is on his way to joining the 12 former players the Cowboys have in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“There have been some great ones,” Witten said. “I think we all know that. When you come to this organization, you know the great players that played here, not just how good they were but how they went about it.”