Jason Witten shocked the football world on Thursday when the Dallas Cowboys announced that he’s ending his retirement to return to the team for his 16th NFL season.
Witten, who is considered one of the best tight ends in the history of the NFL, will vacate his spot in the ESPN Monday Night Football commentary booth to return to his former team as a tight end.
“The fire inside of me to compete and play this game is just burning too strong,” Witten said in a statement released by the Cowboys via Pro Football Talk. “This team has a great group of rising young stars, and I want to help them make a run at a championship. This was completely my decision, and I am very comfortable with it. I’m looking forward to getting back in the dirt.”
Witten, 37, didn’t play last season after announcing his retirement and following his close friend and former teammate Tony Romo to the broadcast booth. It’s obviously unknown how the Cowboys plan to utilize Witten but suffice to say his leadership alone will be a welcome addition to the young team.