Christopher Jason Witten, known as Jason Witten, was born in Elizabethton, Tennessee on May 6, 1982. A tight end for the Dallas Cowboys, he is a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, a six-time All-Pro and was named as the Walter Payton Man of the Year for 2012. In 2013, he was ranked at number 41 on the annual NFL Top 100 Players list.
Witten attended Elizabethton High School, where he was a starting player for the football team for four seasons, helping them to reach state semi finals in three of those years. During his senior season, he was an All-America and All-State selection and was named as the Player of the Year for Tennessee by USA Today.
After accepting a scholarship offer from the University of Tennessee, Witten started his first game for the Tennessee Volunteers during his sophomore year. He went on to enjoy an extremely successful junior year, in which he set new school records for receptions and receiving yards for a tight end and was an All-Southeastern Conference selection. As a result of his success, Witten chose to bypass his senior year and applied for entry into the 2003 NFL Draft.
During the draft, Witten was selected in the third round, as the 69th overall pick, by the Dallas Cowboys. He saw limited playing time in his rookie year, starting only seven games. However, in his second season with the team, Witten contributed 87 catches in total, for 980 yards and 6 touchdowns. He was subsequently named to the Pro Bowl for the first time and was also an All-Pro selection.
His breakout season in 2004 marked the beginning of a sequence of seven consecutive years as a Pro Bowl selection. In 2007, 2008 and 2010, Witten was named as the Tight End of the Year by the NFL Alumni Association and in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, he was named All-Pro. In 2012, Witten registered a total of 110 catches, which remains a single-season NFL record for a tight end. He subsequently received the sixth All-Pro selection of his career and his eighth Pro Bowl selection. After the 2013 season, he was named to the Pro Bowl for the ninth time.
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