In all likelihood, Dallas Cowboys’ tight end Jason Witten will record his 1,000th career reception on Monday Night against the Redskins. He’s currently sitting at 998, and he hasn’t gone a game this season with fewer than two receptions.
“It seems like it’s taken a little bit longer than I thought here the last couple of weeks,” said Witten, who has been held to just six catches in the past two games, per ESPN Dallas. “It’s all good. I’m honored and humbled through this entire process to even think about joining that list.”
Of course, if Witten had his druthers, that 1,000th reception would be thrown by his friend Tony Romo, but that’s not in the cards. Romo is done for the year—unless the Cowboys make a playoff run, of course—with a twice fractured collarbone.
“I guess it’s a bummer that Tony is not going to be the guy to do it just because so much of our success was together, but ultimately I don’t need a catch number to define our success and our journey together. I’ll look back on how I got there and he was a huge part of that and still is a huge part of my success, our success together, so I don’t think that will affect it ... Sure, I’d love him to throw it, but at this point, you’re just thrilled that anybody will throw it to you and you can reach a milestone such as that, so I reflect back on the journey, not just the number of catches.”