Birthday: May 6, 1982
American Football Players
Age: 38 Years, 38 Year Old Males
Sun Sign: Taurus
Also Known As: Christopher Jason Witten
Born Country: United States
Born in: Elizabethton, Tennessee, United States
Famous as: American Football Tight End
Height: 6'6" (198 cm), 6'6" Males
Spouse/Ex-: Michelle Witten
siblings: Ryan, Ryan and Shawn, Shawn
children: C.J., Cooper, Hadley Grace, Landry
U.S. State: Tennessee
Notable Alumni: University Of Tennessee--Knoxville
education: Elizabethton High School, University of Tennessee
Jason Witten is an American football tight end who plays for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He also acted as a sports broadcaster and analyst for the ESPN show 'Monday Night Football' during the 2018 season before coming out of retirement and starting his second stint as a player for the Cowboys in 2019. He was a three-year starter for his school team and played both as linebacker and tight end prior to playing college football for the University of Tennessee. During his junior year, he was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Throughout his long career with the team, he has made several team and personal records, and ranks second in all-time career receptions and receiving yards by an NFL tight end after Tony Gonzalez.
Childhood & Early Life
Christopher Jason Witten was born on May 6, 1982, in Elizabethton, Tennessee, United States, to Ed Witten and Kimberly Witten Barnett and was raised in Washington D.C. His father, a mailman, became addicted to alcohol and drugs when he was six and often behaved abusively to his mother and older brothers Ryan and Shawn.
He was sent to his grandparents in Elizabethton at the age of 11 and began playing football as linebacker and tight end under his grandfather Dave Rider, who was a coach. He attended Elizabethton High School and was a three-year starter who helped his team reach the state semi-finals three times, earning both All-American and All-State honors in his senior year.
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Jason Witten enrolled into the University of Tennessee in 2000 on a scholarship that promised him the position of defensive end, but was moved to the offensive side midway through the season due to injuries. While he initially considered transferring, he stayed as he was given the time to play as a blocker until he learned the new position.
He had an outstanding performance in his junior year, registering 39 receptions and 493 receiving yardswith five touchdowns as tight end, and received All-SEC and Academic All-SEC honors. By the time he decided to enter the NFL Draftafter his junior season, he had played only 20 games as a tight end, but still ranked third all-time within the school with 68 receptions.
Jason Witten was selected as the 69th overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys in the third roundof the 2003 NFL Draft and entered the league as a 20-year-old rookie. He made his NFL debut in a 27–13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on September 7, and started seven of the 15 games he played in his rookie season.
He broke his jaw against the Arizona Cardinals and went through a major surgery, but continued to play through the injury, missing only one game. He was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team for the season and finished the year with 35 receptions for 347 yards and a touchdown.
In the 2004 season, he led the NFC with 87 catches as a tight end, which was also a team record, and was selected to his first Pro Bowl. He repeated his success in the next two seasons with at least 60 receptions in three consecutive seasons and was alsonamed to Pro Bowl every year.
He broke his own single-season record in 2007 with 96 receptions, which was also the third in the history of NFL. He was again selected to the Pro Bowl,made the 2007 All-Pro team, and was nominated for the 'Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award'.
Despite suffering a lacerated spleen, he was able to play in the 2012 season, during which he became the second player in franchise history and third tight end in NFL history to reach 700+ catches. He was also the youngest and the fastest to reach the milestone and finished the season qualifying for his eighth consecutive Pro Bowl.
In the next season, he surpassed Shannon Sharpe to have the second most receptions as a tight end in NFL history, and in 2014, became the third tight end with 10,000 career receiving yards. Following the 2017 season, he announced his initial retirement and joined ESPN as an analyst on 'Monday Night Football', but has since then come out of retirement for the 2019 season.
Family & Personal Life
In 2004, Jason Witten married Michelle, an emergency room nurse at Dallas's Parkland Memorial Hospital. They have four children together:C.J., Cooper, Landry, and Hadley Grace.
In Elizabethton, Tennessee, where Jason Witten grew up, June 21, 2013 was named 'Jason Witten Day' after him. The city honored his decade-long success on the field with the Cowboys after he won the 2012 'Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award' and the 'Bart Starr Award' in 2013.