DALLAS — For anyone thinking Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is going to slow down soon, do yourself a favor and stop it.
The now 14-year veteran continues to find ways to turn back the clock with his elite play, and on Sunday he reminded both the Cleveland Browns and the NFL why he’s one of the best to ever play the game.
Time and again Witten found ways to get open and make big plays, becoming the best friend to rookie Dak Prescott in Week 9.
And man, were they friendly.
Witten would finish with 134 yards on eight catches with a touchdown. This marks the second straight week of Witten hitting pay dirt after not doing so over the previous six, but more importantly he took ownership a highly coveted post in the annals of NFL history.
The touchdown would also tie him with Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe for fourth most ever by a tight end.
Never one to accept praise without first acknowledging those around him, Witten made it a point to give credit to rookies Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott for helping him find the Fountain of Youth (as if he ever lost ownership of it).
“They [Prescott and Elliott] bring so much energy,” said Witten, via Pat Doney of NBC5. “They make me feel young.”
Witten continues to be key in the Cowboys 2016 resurgence and is on pace to become the team’s all-time leading receiver in 2016, leapfrogging Hall of Famer Michael Irvin in the process for the vaunted title.
“He’s the ultimate quarterback-friendly guy.” said head coach Jason Garrett.
That’s saying the least, and Witten is on pace to deliver 848 yards receiving on the year; his best season since 2013.
The All Pro has now registered 11,639 receiving yards in his illustrious career, which places him only 265 yards away from being the best to ever catch a ball for a franchise who boasts the likes of Irvin, Drew Pearson, Tony Hill and “Bullet” Bob Hayes.
If that’s not legendary, try remembering the 34-year-old Witten still has a lot of football left in him beyond this season.
BY PATRIK WALKER