Jason Witten downplays his Herculean display of longevity

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Tight end Jason Witten will tie a Cowboys franchise record held by Ed Jones this weekend, when he starts his 203rd game. Later this month against the Eagles, he’ll tie Lee Roy Jordan for most consecutive starts with 154.

But Witten doesn’t think that makes him superhuman, or anything.

“Yeah, I don’t want to make it bigger than it is,” Witten said, via David Moore of the Dallas Morning News. “It’s not like I’m Hercules or something.

“I think it’s just I love to play football. I think anyone who has ever been my teammate or I’ve been theirs understands how much I love that.”

He’s also been fortunate over his career to avoid major injuries, but his contributions transcend simply showing up and punching the clock. He’s also the franchise’s all-time leader in receptions and could pass Michael Irvin for the team receiving yards record before the end of the year.

“The respect inside the locker room is the great attribute or compliment you can get,” Witten said. “That’s something I’ve tried to do throughout my entire career. My granddad taught me as a kid playing, have that respect and teammates respect and certainly know you can count on me.

“Some things are out of your control when you get a serious injury. I’ve been fortunate to be healthy. I’m fortunate to have this opportunity. It’s a privilege. I certainly realize that and take a lot of pride in being a good teammate to where they can count on me.”

They have been, for more than a decade now, and counting.