Cowboys tight end Jason Witten remembers his four seasons with soon-to-be Hall of Famer Bill Parcells quite fondly, describing the man they call Tuna as “a great coach, a great man, and I learned so many things from him.”
But Parcells was also responsible for perhaps the worst reaming Witten has ever received in his NFL career (we’re guessing here of course, but Witten has developed such a reputation as a model citizen and a coach’s dream, we can’t imagine there are too many other instances to choose from).
Speaking at the 2013 Advocare V100 Independence Bowl kickoff luncheon in Shreveport, LA., this week, Witten recalled a 2006 preseason game against the Saints in which a hot dog got him in big trouble with the boss.
“It was raining, and I had played most of the first half, catching a touchdown pass, and we were beating the Saints pretty good,” Witten said, per the Shreveport Times. “I figured I was finished at halftime, because starters usually didn’t play that much in preseason games. I walked under the stadium and saw the most beautiful hotdog you’ve ever seen. I dressed it all up with mustard, and ketchup and relish--then I was in mid-bite when coach (Bill) Parcells walked in.
“I felt about this big,” he said, gesturing with his fingers. “I didn’t figure I’d play another game as a Cowboy.”
Luckily for us, Parcells stopped short at riding Witten out of town on a rail. 2013 will be Witten's 11th season in the league.
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