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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A lacerated spleen, a broken jaw, concussions, sprained joints… those were not enough to keep Jason Witten off of the football field. Witten has missed only one game in his 13-year career, the game after he had his jaw broken in three places during his rookie year.

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Witten’s toughness may be best defined by one play in Philadelphia.

Facing the Philadelphia Eagles in 2007, Witten was on the receiving end of a Tony Romo pass when the Dallas Cowboys tight end took a helmet-to-helmet hit. “Those guys him me pretty hard,” Witten said when recalling the play.

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While the hit knocked Witten’s helmet from his head, it did not stop him. Witten ran down the field, sans helmet, and was tackled inside Philly’s 10-yard line for a 53-yard gain.

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“When you can do that, you are a tough football player,” NFL television analyst John Madden said at the time.

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“It’s a special play,” Witten said in a recent interview, “something I will remember for a long time.” And so will Cowboys fans.