Jason Witten admits to ‘fair share of mistakes’ on ‘MNF,’ aims to improve
To say Jason Witten has hit some rough patches during his transition from the gridiron to the broadcaster’s booth would be an understatement. Not a week goes by without the former Dallas Cowboys star getting panned on social media over one gaffe or another during his debut season on “Monday Night Football.”
Witten is taking everything in stride, owing up to his mistakes and vowing to improve while maintaining an even-keel perspective complemented by a healthy dose of self-deprecating humor.
“Yeah, there have been some flubs. I’ve made mistakes,” Witten said Wednesday on a conference call about next Monday’s showdown between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams, as transcribed by Sporting News. “You try to own it. You embrace it. Hell, I’m not perfect. I’ve certainly had my fair share of mistakes on live television. More than anything else, you try to embrace it. You laugh at it. You smile at it.”
Witten certainly maintained his sense of humor after social media critics mocked and ridiculed him for saying Aaron Rodgers pulled a “rabbit out of his head” during a Monday night game between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers earlier this season.
Did Jason Witten really just say “he pulls another rabbit out of his head” about Aaron Rodgers? #SFvsGB #MNFxESPN pic.twitter.com/qNtjiMeDSA
— Greg Rajan (@GregRajan) October 16, 2018
Witten took to Twitter to cop to completely butchering the saying.
Aaron Rodgers pulls another rabbit out of his head!!
— Jason Witten (@JasonWitten) October 16, 2018
“That’s really all you can do in those moments is self-deprecate and move forward. Over time I hope to improve and get better at it,” Witten said.
Not every former athlete is a fit for the world of broadcasting. Covering a game in front of a nationally televised audience under immense pressure is not as easy as the naysayers and critics try to portray it. It’s a difficult job.
“It’s a transition. I try not to take it too serious. I really try to embrace it and focus on improving,” Witten said. “I understood when I took this job it was going to be hard, it was going to be a transition, certainly with (ex-Cowboys QB) Tony (Romo) and the success that he had.”