‘Thank You 82’: How Cowboys Honored Former TE Jason Witten Before Monday Night’s Football Game vs. Titans

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Former Dallas Cowboys tight end and ESPN broadcaster Jason Witten (lower right) reacts to a video tribute of him before the Tennessee Titans game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas Monday, November 5, 2018. This is Witten’s first game back with his old team. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

“Welcome Home 82,” read the display above one of the end zones at AT&T Stadium. A tribute video and the fans’ warm reaction said the rest as the Cowboys honored retired tight end Jason Witten before the Monday Night Football game against Tennessee. The occasion marked the first time Witten served as a TV analyst for a game that featured the team he spent all 15 seasons of his career with.

Coincidentally, the Cowboys had honored former longtime quarterback Tony Romo in similar fashion a year ago to the day Monday when he returned as a CBS broadcaster. It was none other than Witten who narrated the tribute video for his close friend and former teammate.

Romo returned the favor this year.

Romo intoned that Witten “became one of the greatest players and people to ever wear the star.”

The footage included Witten’s iconic play when he lost his helmet after a catch but kept running in a game at Philadelphia.

Witten appeared on the jumbotron at JerryWorld while the video was being shown and wiped his eyes and waved to the crowd.

The tribute ended with “Thank You 82.”

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SOURCE: SportsDay – Kate Hairopoulos