“Whoever’s going to make the speech to induct him into whatever (Hall of Fame) he’s going to get inducted into, start with that Giant game on opening night,” Garrett said. “Don’t talk about 18-catch games. Don’t talk about the records he’s going to break as a receiving tight end and all that. Talk about that Giant game (on Sept. 5), because it was really one of the more remarkable performances I’ve ever seen as a player or coach in this league. A guy who was so determined to play, that he was going to play without practicing for the last month with a slightly lacerated spleen. So that’s where it starts ... He’s a special player. He’s a special guy. He’s a great leader and he’s one of the best players in the National Football League.”
Witten had two catches for 10 yards in the opener against New York. He topped that by 16 in Sunday’s rematch. Garrett said the matchup was favorable, based on the defense the Giants ran, and the Cowboys kept turning to it.
“They’re almost like running plays when you throw the ball to that guy, because he’s so consistent and so reliable,” Garrett said. “It was the play we were able to get to throughout the game yesterday, and it allowed us to move the ball up and down the field.”
_ Jimmy Burch