When veteran tight end Jason Witten was added to the Pro Bowl as an injury replacement last week, he reached some seriously rarified air, joining Dallas Cowboys legends and Pro Football Hall of Famers Mel Renfro and Larry Allen as a 10-time Pro Bowler.
The always humble Witten was predictably humbled by the company.
“When Mr. Jones called to tell me (about the Pro Bowl), he mentioned some of those names,” Witten told the team’s website this week. “I’ve always been a guy that has prided myself on doing it year in and year out and having a high standard. But to be mentioned with those guys, those were some of the best of the best.”
Bob Lilly, also a legend and a Hall of Famer, owns the franchise record with 11 Pro Bowl appearances. Despite seeing a dip in his stats in 2014, there seems a good chance that Witten could join Lily around this time in 2016.
“I think when you come into the league you don’t ever envision 12 years later you can say you’ve been to 10 pro bowls,” Witten said. “It’s a huge honor. I’ve been fortunate to be able to play in a good system and good people around you, help you [succeed]. This year is different because it was a different goal. To end up back here definitely feels good how things went for me this year.”
Of course there also seems a good chance that before we know it, Witten could be joining Lilly, Allen and Renfro in Canton and on the Ring of Honor as well.
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