ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) — Cowboys tight end Jason Witten surpassed the 10,000 yards receiving mark on Sunday, becoming just the third tight end in NFL history to do so.
Witten needed just 45 yards to join Tony Gonzalez (15,127) and Shannon Sharpe (10,060) in the exclusive club. The 12th-year pro reached the milestone on a 34-yard seem route over the middle from Tony Romo in the third quarter.
He finished the day with four receptions for 59 yards.
The 32-year-old also became just the second Cowboys pass-catcher to surpass the mark, joining Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin, who reeled in 750 receptions for 11,904 yards in his 12-year career.
“It was special,” said Witten after the win. “Obviously I have so much respect for this position and all the receivers that have played in this organization. To join Tony Gonzalez — he was the best to ever do it. To get over 10,000 yards is a huge honor. I’m thankful for a lot of good players along the way to make that happen for me.”
Head coach Jason Garrett called Witten a “special player” who does things the right way.
“We ask him to do a lot of things,” said Garrett. “Put that tape on him and see what he was asked to do in the game. It’s a lot more than just catching passes and that’s what he’s done throughout his career ad he’s embraced every part of it. One of the best players I’ve ever been around.”
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