Cowboys’ tight end Jason Witten has experienced just one playoff victory in 11 seasons in the league, back in 2009, and he hasn’t seen the postseason since then. They’ve come close, of course, playing (and losing) in three Week 17 win-and-in games in the last three years--but arguably, being so close without making there only exacerbates the frustration.
So coming into 2014, what motivates the 31-year-old Witten is no great mystery.
“I feel like you gain something just because there’s such a desire to overcome it,” Witten said, per the Dallas Morning News. “Now it’s to the point where we’ve been there three times in a row and we’ve come up short. It’s so much bigger than that. You don’t just want to make the playoffs, you want to compete in the playoffs.
“I think there’s a core group of guys that literally put it on their shoulders and say, ‘We have to do more.’ I feel like there’s an energy. I’ve been energized. There’s a group of us that have been energized and understand what we have to do. Now you can’t just talk about it, you got to go do it. I understand that urgency and respect that.”
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