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December 31, 2012

Witten finishes a record year, but says it's all 'an empty feeling in your stomach'

Jason Witten finished a record-setting year. But the Cowboys’ tight end, one of the most vocal players on the team – who said this week, “It can’t be the same old thing,” for the Cowboys – admitted there was nothing more to say.

“It’s really nothing you can say at this point,” he said after the Cowboys’ loss to the Redskins. “Obviously, it’s disappointing. I will give them credit. I feel like we had a good game plan coming in; they just out-played us.

“I said earlier in the week it’s about execution. It’s not about emotion or any of that other stuff. They out-executed us and deserved to win. It’s a tough one to swallow right now.”

Witten spoke at his locker in his uniform. He hadn’t even taken his shoulder pads off.

“It’s an empty feeling in your stomach,” he said. “Obviously, you can’t describe it. You feel like you’re right there, and you can’t seem to get over the hump. It’s going to take more. we have good players, but it is going to take more, playing better and finding a way to finish those games. It’s a tough league and a bottom-line business. We just have to find a little bit more to get out there, execute and find ways to win those games.

“It’s a tough feeling right now, obviously.”

Witten wound up with 110 catches this season, a record for NFL tight ends, and second all-time in Cowboys history to Michael Irvin’s 111 in 1995.

He also finished with his fourth 1,000-yard season, totaling 1,039.

He also topped 800 catches for his career. He did it in 159 games, faster than the previous two tight ends to reach that mark – Tony Gonzalez in 171 games and Shannon Sharpe in 202.

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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