RECORD BOOKS: Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten closing on Ozzie Newsome

Dallas Cowboys' Jason Witten scores a touchdown around Seattle Seahawks' Kam Chancellor during second half action Sunday Nov. 6, 2011 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. The Cowboys won 23-13. Photo: Express-News, EDWARD A. ORNELAS / © SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS (NFS)

Dallas Cowboys’ Jason Witten scores a touchdown around Seattle Seahawks’ Kam Chancellor during second half action Sunday Nov. 6, 2011 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. The Cowboys won 23-13. Photo: Express-News, EDWARD A. ORNELAS
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IRVING, Texas — With two catches Sunday against Buffalo, Jason Witten will pass Ozzie Newsome for third place among tight ends for receptions all-time.

Newsome had 662 receptions in his Hall of Fame career. Witten has 661 after his four-catch, 71-yard outing against Seattle on Sunday. Only Tony Gonzalez, a sure Hall of Famer once he decides to retire, and Shannon Sharpe, who was inducted this summer into the Hall of Fame, would be ahead of Witten.

Gonzalez has 1,108 catches and Sharpe has 815.

“I said a while back it’s kind of surreal to think about passing a guy like that,” Witten said. “Until Tony came along he was the greatest tight end. He and John Mackey were the staples of what this position is all about. It will be special to be able to do that, but at the same time, you’re so intent on winning games that you don’t have time to look back at it. But it will be surreal for me. When I came into this league, I never thought about something like that. I just thought about getting better and better and better, so that’s been my mentality. You spend time in the film room to find five or six things I can work on to get better. If you keep that approach, good things will happen.”

Witten turns 30 next March and signed a contract extension through 2017 before the season started. He is on pace for 88 catches and 1,096 yards this season.

Does he have a chance to catch Gonzalez or is he putting the record so far out of reach?

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2 responses

  1. robert a knight | Reply

    nobody is gonna top gonzalez, but witten is a super stud and will go down in history.

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    1. I don’t see Witten passing Gonzalez either. He’d have to play through his contract, then some, which is unlikely. Sure glad we have him … even if he finishes 2nd all-time … he’s going into the Hall of Fame.

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