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Jason Witten closes in on single-season catch record

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Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is closing in on history.

Witten has hauled 97 passes this season for the Cowboys. He is now just five catches behind Tony Gonzalez for the single-season record for catches by a tight end. Gonzalez set the record by compiling 102 catches for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2004.

It’s a pretty incredible performance by Witten seeing that the start of his season was nearly delayed due to a lacerated spleen suffered in the preseason. Witten already set an NFL record this season by catching 18 passes in a loss to the New York Giants in October. It was the most catches by a tight end in league history and set a Cowboys’ record for most catches by a player at any position.

“He just goes about it the right way,” head coach Jason Garrett said of Witten, via Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning-News. “You hear me say this a lot about guys, but he’s the best example of it. He loves the game, and he works so hard at it…I think he’s had a remarkable year.”

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26 Responses to “Jason Witten closes in on single-season catch record”
  1. jimthebuilder27 says: Dec 18, 2012 2:20 AM

    Witten is a guy who never quits, gives 110% effort every game, and a class act!

    This is how a TE does it the right way, Jermichael Finley!!

  2. Jay Cutler is an elite QB says: Dec 18, 2012 2:37 AM

    Meanwhile, Kellen Davis of the Chicago Bears closes in on being the worst flipping tight end in the history of mankind.

  3. daknight93 says: Dec 18, 2012 3:01 AM

    he will break Tony Gonzalez’s single season record, Witten is Romo’s favorite target and most reliable pass catcher of all the cowboy receivers..sorry Tony G, but records are meant to be broken.

  4. delius1967 says: Dec 18, 2012 3:12 AM

    Whatever you may think about the Cowboys, it’s hard to come up with anything bad to say about Witten. Year after year, he never complains, never offers up excuses, just gets it done.

  5. jimbo75025 says: Dec 18, 2012 4:06 AM

    Well, Witten is one of the few Cowboys it is hard to really say much bad about. Guy came from a rough start in life and seems to have turned into a good role model for kids. Straight up baller on the field also. Loved that a few years back when his helmet got ripped off by some guy trying to make a tackle and he broke out of it and rolled another 10 yards with no helmet. Rules have changed since then though.

  6. moturnovers24 says: Dec 18, 2012 4:12 AM

    Witten deserves the record I hope he gets it Sunday

  7. traevin says: Dec 18, 2012 5:22 AM

    Witten- the very definition of a professional. Wish Dallas had a few more players just like him.

  8. fuglyflorio says: Dec 18, 2012 5:31 AM

    Eventually every offensive record will fall. New rules … indoor stadiums … 16 game seasons.

  9. jmac34 says: Dec 18, 2012 5:59 AM

    seems like there are quite a few single season records in jeopardy this year

  10. inkpad619 says: Dec 18, 2012 6:05 AM

    this is awesome. under the radar and having a stellar year. congrats to Whitten, he deserves it.

  11. bopar411 says: Dec 18, 2012 6:14 AM

    Jason Witten is well deserving of the record. He’ll get it from having worked so hard, for so long.

    Great example of a leader both on and off the field. Wish him nothing but the best. He’s earned it.

  12. effjohntaylornorelation says: Dec 18, 2012 6:53 AM

    “It’s a pretty incredible performance by Witten seeing that the start of his season was nearly delayed due to a lacerated spleen suffered in the preseason. Witten already set an NFL record this season by catching 18 passes in a loss to the New York Giants in October. It was the most catches by a tight end in league history and set a Cowboys’ record for most catches by a player at any position”

    See, it does pay to work with your wife.

  13. cooklynn17 says: Dec 18, 2012 6:53 AM

    Pretty irrelevant if they don’t make the playoffs…

  14. mdisptch11 says: Dec 18, 2012 7:17 AM

    How is it irrelevant if they don’t make the playoffs? Can’t take away what he is about to do.

  15. ccjcsr says: Dec 18, 2012 7:38 AM

    Something to tell the Grandkids about one day!

  16. firedup1 says: Dec 18, 2012 7:41 AM

    Tony G is still the greatest TE ever. He is talking about retiring, but he still has three years left in him.

  17. anyonebutbrady says: Dec 18, 2012 7:49 AM

    Pretty impressive, imagine how badly he might have broken the record had he not been impeded by that pesky spleen laceration at the beginning of the season. Class act all the way…

  18. groess says: Dec 18, 2012 8:48 AM

    I hate the Cowboys, but this guy is pure class. Tough, doesn’t make any excuses, rarely celebrates and just goes about the business of catching the ball. Congrats Jason, we’d all love you on our team.

  19. jimmygrahamchrisivory says: Dec 18, 2012 9:07 AM

    cooklynn17 says:
    Dec 18, 2012 6:53 AM
    Pretty irrelevant if they don’t make the playoffs…

    According to you, it must have been irrelevant when Tony set the record in ’04 because the Chiefs were 7-9 that year…

  20. jbaxt says: Dec 18, 2012 9:25 AM

    That’s too bad. Wittens good but far from Tony Gozalez.

  21. nokoolaidcowboy says: Dec 18, 2012 9:56 AM

    That’s the one thing the Dallas Cowboys get right sometimes. Their tight ends…guys like Witten, Novacek and Hennings have always been a class act guys that are hard workers.

    The Tight ends is such a versatile position. Run, catch and block.

  22. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 18, 2012 10:41 AM

    For the record, I’m a huge Cowboy hater but this is impressive. Especially when you look at how poorly he started the season. He had that lacerated spleen at the beginning of the season and couldn’t seem to hold onto anything Romo threw him.

    He then seemed to wake up at the end of the 1st qtr of the season and has really come on.

    Is it weird to anyone else that offensive records are about to be broken on bad teams.

    Calvin Johnson on the Lions
    Ad on the Vikes (technically a playoff team)
    Witten on the Cowboys

    Yet two defensive players are within striking distance of the greatest defensive record both on very good teams

    Smith on the Niners
    Watt on the Texans

  23. chalkruz1989 says: Dec 18, 2012 11:23 AM

    As a New York Giants fan I despise many of the Dallas Cowboys players but Jason Witten isn’t one of them.

    He plays the game hard, doesn’t run his mouth, doesn’t celebrate after catches, he’s a blue-collar football player, a rareity nowadays.

    Congrats to him, he’s made Tony Romo a household name and the same for Witten.

    I am just confused that other quarterbacks haven’t taken notice of the success those two have had over the years and try to replicate it.

    Witten is a sure-fire Hall of Famer and a class act, can’t hate on him.

  24. cjspiller12 says: Dec 18, 2012 12:08 PM

    I’m no Cowboys fan, but this guy is class, period!!

  25. jasonwitten0656 says: Dec 18, 2012 2:18 PM

    I’m glad we have a guy like Jason Witten as the face of our franchise, he fully deserves this record.

  26. wgray981 says: Dec 18, 2012 4:14 PM

    Well I am a Cowboys fan so I’m biased but even if you hate Dallas, Witten is a player that everyone can respect. Always classy and respectful.

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