VALLEY RANCH, TX — In 2003, Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys made a decision that has paid endless dividends for the club. Twelve years ago, the team picked a tight end out of Tennessee in the third round of the draft that has now become a legend for America’s Team.
Jason Witten is the epitome of what the Dallas Cowboys want to embody. And on Sunday, he will step into the franchise record books. When #82 hits the field to take on the Dolphins, he will be playing in his 197th consecutive game, breaking Bob Lilly’s team record that has stood for over 40 years.
Witten has only missed one game in his entire career, thanks to a broken jaw his rookie year.
“It’s been unbelievable to have that kind of streak,” said Witten. “To be mentioned with Bob Lilly, you learn real quick when you come to this organization who Mr. Cowboy is.”
Well, breaking “Mr. Cowboy’s” record for most consecutive starts isn’t the only milestone on the horizon for Witten. Right now, he sits at 992 career catches — just eight away from the 1K mark. A mark he could easily break on Sunday.
“It will be a special moment if I’m able to achieve that, just to join a group of guys that were some of the best to play,” said Witten.
So, while 2015 might feel like a disaster, it’s good to remember guys like #82, whose abilities on the field and class and volunteer work off it, make the Silver and Blue look good.