Witten ties another Cowboys record

Jeff Birchfield • Updated Jan 27, 2018 at 6:33 PM

Add Jason Witten's name to the Dallas Cowboys record book once more.

The former Elizabethton High School and University of Tennessee star will be a tight end on the NFC squad at the Pro Bowl Sunday in Orlando. It is his 11th Pro Bowl appearance, tying a franchise record held by former defensive lineman Bob Lilly.

"I know the way he approached the game and respected the other players and respected his craft," Witten said about Lilly in an interview with the Dallas Cowboys website. "That's what I've always tried to do as well. It's an honor to be mentioned with him.

"I know how many great players have played for the Cowboys over the years and to have gone to 11 Pro Bowls is a great honor."

Witten, the 2012 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, holds multiple major records for the Cowboys — including most career receptions (1,142), most receiving yards (12,488) and most consecutive games played (239).

The 15-year NFL veteran ranks second on the all-time list for catches and receiving yards for a tight end, and he holds the single-game record for catches (18) by a tight end.

Witten had 63 receptions and five touchdowns in 2017. It was his 14th straight season with at least 50 catches.

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