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Will 14 Years Of Hard Work Finally Pay Off For Jason Witten?

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Will this finally be the year that Jason Witten finishes on top?

Will this finally be the year that Jason Witten finishes on top?

FRISCO, TX — When you think of guys in the NFL that deserve a Super Bowl ring, it’s hard to place any player higher than Jason Witten.

The tight end is in his 14th year, and with the NFC’s number one seed in sight, he’s essentially two playoff wins away from the NFL promised land.

“It’s not easy to get to this point but again I think moving forward our success comes with that edge, the way we play,” Witten said of his team having already locked up a playoff spot. “While you acknowledge it and you appreciate the position you’re in, this momentum that we’re playing with, it’s a great thing, but now we have to move forward.”

The amazing run has featured the end of a historic streak, though. Last week, Witten’s only catch was erased by a penalty and his franchise record 130 games in a row with a catch was snapped.

“What ran through my mind and Jason Witten’s mind, I’m sure, and everybody else is that we won the football game,” Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan said when asked about Witten’s streak ending.

Still, this season’s stats show that he is basically right at his career average. He’s the model of consistency in a crazy, unpredictable sport, but there’s no doubt that at 34 there aren’t many rodeos left for this Cowboy.

Even in his 14th season, Jason Witten's stats are right on target with his career averages.

Even in his 14th season, Jason Witten’s stats are right on target with his career averages.

So with a chance to win the East on the line Sunday night, expect to see number 82 doing all the same things: blocking defenders, picking up huge 3rd downs, and leading his squad all the way to the end.

Only this year, the end might finally be a happy one for Witten and the boys.