Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten has been with the franchise for long enough now that he is now reaching the point of surpassing records on a nearly weekly basis. This week, Witten will play in his 225th game as a member of the franchise — setting a new record — when he suits up on the road against the Denver Broncos.
Last week, Witten made franchise history when he became the franchise’s all-time leader in receiving yards, surpassing former Cowboys legend Michael Irvin.
“There have been so many great football players who have come through this organization, tough mentally and physically, the list is long, so to be able to reach something like that I’m appreciative of it,” said Witten to the Dallas Morning News. “There have been a lot of people to contribute to that success and hard work…but six or seven weeks into it when I broke that jaw I don’t know that I thought this day would ever come.”
Witten’s games-played record is indicative of the longevity he has had in order to stay on the field. After missing just a single game during his rookie season, he has appeared in all 16 games during the regular season each year since 2004.
The 35-year-old doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon, as he signed a four-year deal to remain with the team back in March. Since he was drafted in 2003, Witten has been synonymous with the Cowboys franchise that he is about to set another record with this Sunday.