Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten officially announced his retirement from pro football over the weekend, calling it a career after 15 seasons in the NFL.
In addition to being one of the best tight ends of his era, the 36-year-old also earned a reputation for being one of the finest role models in all of sports. His retirement announcement was immediately followed by countless tweets and tributes from football peers he played alongside and against.
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— Antonio Brown (@AB84) May 4, 2018
On Monday, Witten’s longtime quarterback, Tony Romo, wrote a personal tribute to the 36-year-old, expressing his gratitude to his longtime go-to target and friend and calling him “the best player I ever played with.”
“Not only was Jason the most talented, humble and hardest working individual on the football team, but he was also one of the most genuine, good-hearted people you could ever meet,” Romo wrote, via Twitter. Here’s the full tribute:
Romo and Witten were teammates throughout the entirety of their respective careers in Dallas, and it sounds like the two will have more in common soon as rumours are pointing to Witten as a likely addition to the Monday Night Football broadcast booth for the next phase of his career.
A group of Witten’s teammates also penned an open letter to him via ESPN to thank No. 82 for his guidance, perseverance and standout play over the years.
“Thank you for setting the standard for us. Thank you for showing us the right way to go about it,” read the letter. “Thank you for the incredible impact you made in football, but maybe more important in our lives. Thank you for being our conscience in tough times.”