ELIZABETHTON, TN (WJHL) – Jason Witten’s annual football camp in Elizabethton is an event everyone in the area has circled on their calendars each year. But there is another big event fans and Witten himself are eagerly awaiting, the Battle at Bristol.
“I think it’s going to be great,” Witten said. “It seems like they’ve been talking about that for twenty years and now it’s finally actually happening. Two great programs right here, couldn’t be in a better place where football is such a pivotal part of families.”
Witten had a breakout junior season with the University of Tennessee in 2002, setting school records for tight ends with 493 receiving yards on 39 receptions with 5 touchdowns. He would receive All-SEC honors and enter the draft following his junior season. Witten has been a star for the Dallas Cowboys, but wishes he was suiting up for the Vols this year.
“I would’ve love to have played in it,” said Witten. “Not only for the fans, but for the players and the entire community, I think it’s going to be a great experience.”
There will also be some bragging rights at stake during the game for the Witten family. Jason’s brother, Shawn, who is the head coach at Elizabethton, played wide receiver for Virginia Tech. There will be some smack talk leading up to the game, though Jason isn’t lacking any confidence in his Vols.
“I think he knows the deal,” Jason said. “He doesn’t need me to trash talk, he knows the Hokies don’t have much of a chance in that one.”