Jason Witten

Monday Night Football Analyst

Jason Witten, an 11-time Pro Bowler and one of the top tight ends in National Football League history, is a Monday Night Football analyst for ESPN. The Dallas Cowboys legend retired after 15 NFL seasons in May 2018 and immediately assumed one of the most high-profile positions in sports broadcasting.

This fall, Witten will join Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland for the 49th season of MNF as an analyst, making the rare transition from the playing field to a network’s lead broadcast booth. He will also contribute to Super Bowl and other NFL coverage on ESPN throughout the year.

A third-round pick (No. 69 overall) by Dallas in the 2003 NFL Draft, Witten played his entire 15-year NFL career (2003-15) with the Cowboys. He was a First-Team All-Pro in 2007 and 2010 and a Second-Team All-Pro in 2008 and 2012, while being named to 11 Pro Bowls – tied for the Cowboys record with Bob Lilly. Witten holds the NFL record for most receptions in a season by a tight end (110 in 2012) and most receptions in a single game by a tight end (18 on Oct. 28, 2012). He played in 239 consecutive games with 229 consecutive starts, both NFL records for his position. He ranks fourth all-time in NFL history with 1,152 receptions.

A team captain for 11 seasons, Witten holds multiple Dallas Cowboys franchise records, including most career receptions (1,152), career receiving yards (12,448), receptions in a game (18), consecutive games played (239), and consecutive seasons with a reception and scoring a touchdown (15). In all, he scored 68 career touchdowns.

Widely respected throughout the NFL for his character and community involvement, Witten received the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2012. He was also nominated for the award in 2007. In addition, Athletes in Action recognized him with the 2013 Bart Star Award for his outstanding character and leadership, and he received the 2018 Roger Staubach Award for the positive impact he has had on the lives of children.

Witten grew up in Elizabethtown, Tenn., and attended the University of Tennessee where he was an All-SEC tight end and Academic All-SEC honoree.

Through his charitable foundation, Jason Witten’s SCORE Foundation, founded in 2007, Witten has launched numerous outreach programs and funded several new building projects in Texas and his native Tennessee, including Jason Witten Learning Centers in five different Boys & Girls Clubs and the Jason and Michelle Witten Emergency Waiting Room at the Niswonger Children’s Hospital in Johnson City, Tenn. He also annually presents the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award to a Division I college football player who has demonstrated leadership on and off the field.