Ex- and future Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten has un-retired, exiting the ESPN Monday Night Football booth where he had spent a year since retiring last May. It would be the 16th NFL season for the 11-time Pro Bowlers and future hall of famer.
“We thank Jason for his many contributions to Monday Night Football and to ESPN over the past year and wish him continued success," ESPN said. "We have seen many former coaches and players go into broadcasting before eventually returning to the game they love, so we understand Jason’s desire to return to the Dallas Cowboys. In the coming weeks we will determine our MNF plans for the 2019 season.”
Witten said the decision to exit -- he had not gotten stellar reviews in the booth -- was his alone.
“The fire inside of me to compete and play this game is just burning too strong,” Witten said in a statement on the Dallas Cowboys web site. “This team has a great group of rising young stars, and I want to help them make a run at a championship. This was completely my decision, and I am very comfortable with it. I’m looking forward to getting back in the dirt.”
Photo of Jason Witten in action during 2017 against the Washington team by Keith Allison, Wikimedia Commons.
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.