Jason Witten: Working Cowboys game on ‘MNF’ will be a ’emotional’
Jason Witten recently retired following a standout career with the Dallas Cowboys and is making the transition to broadcasting by joining ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” announcing team.
While the former Cowboys tight end will have a lot of time to acclimate to his new role and career beforehand, one game in particular on the Monday night schedule down the road already is looming large for the analyst neophyte.
Witten will make a return to AT&T Stadium in Week 9 of the 2018 NFL season to call the Cowboys’ Week 9 showdown with the Tennessee Titans. Suffice to say, the Cowboys icon is well aware the situation could prove to be somewhat overwhelming.
“Sitting in those meetings over the years, I’m very comfortable doing that,” Witten said during an ESPN conference call Thursday introducing the new “MNF” team, via SportsDay. “I’m sure it’ll be a little bit emotional when I come back to The Star and see some teammates and friends of mine. But I think that’s just part of the process. We all experienced it. There’s special moments and emotions that go into it. But I’ve had the opportunity over the last week to really reflect, and I’m so proud of the way I approached the game and the people I was able to do it with.
“Now I’m able to transition into this and attack it the same way that I did for 15 years as a pro player. So it’ll be great to see those guys, but we both got a job to do and I think there’s a healthy respect for that.”
Witten joins new lead announcer Joe Tessitore and fellow incoming analyst Booger McFarland on the new crew. The only holdover from the previous crew is sideline reporter Lisa Salters.
Witten noted earlier this week that his new career has him joining “another iconic franchise.” It certainly will be interesting to see how Witten handles how those two franchises coming together on “Monday Night Football” in his first year in the booth, something about which former teammate Tony Romo knows a thing or two.