Report: Elizabethton native Witten set to retire, join Monday Night Football



Elizabethton’s Jason Witten may be trading his cleats for a microphone.

The Cowboys tight end is mulling retirement to join ESPN’S Monday Night Football per a report from ESPN’S Chris Mortensen.

In a Friday tweet, Mortensen noted that the decision is not final, but that Witten was meeting with Dallas owner Jerry Jones prior to making his final decision.

Witten has been with the Cowboys for his entire 15-year career in the NFL. In his career, he has proven to be the top tight end in NFL history. Records that Witten has set includes becoming the all-time reception leader for the Cowboys.

The former Cyclone played for three seasons at the University of Tennessee – entering the NFL draft after his junior season where he was drafted in the third round by the Cowboys.

At Elizabethton, Jason was a three-year starter as the Cyclones reached the State semifinals three times. Witten was a consensus All-American selection by a number of national organizations and was the USA Today Player of the Year for the state of Tennessee.

Jason is the brother of Elizabethton Head Coach Shawn Witten and TA Dugger Head Coach Ryan Witten. The Witten brothers are the grandsons of legendary Elizabethton coach Dave Rider.


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