Jason Witten ranks third among tight ends in career receptions with 747. He is third in yards with 8,396. Only Tony Gonzalez, who Witten and the Cowboys will see Sunday in Atlanta, and Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe have more than Witten in those categories.
Witten, a seven-time Pro Bowler, still has more years left in his career. He is only 30. But coach Jason Garrett said Witten already has done enough to be a future Hall of Famer.
"Oftentimes it’s about the numbers, so if you look at the numbers to say that you’re one of the one, two or three tight ends who has caught the most balls in this league, I think that’s where the conversation starts for a lot of people who vote on this stuff," Garrett said Wednesday. "But then, if anybody has followed our football team and followed the NFL for the last decade, you know what this guy is all about. He’s a rare, rare guy. We don’t want to get into Hall of Fame conversations when we’re getting ready for a game on Sunday against the Falcons, but you asked the question. I just think he’s a special guy. I think his production speaks for itself and the way he goes about his business is really, really exceptional."
Only eight modern-era tight ends are in the Hall of Fame. Sharpe was the last inductee at the position.
-- Charean Williams