No. 4 Jason Witten, TE
Dallas Cowboys: 2003-present
For nearly two decades Jason Witten has been a key part of the Dallas Cowboys offense. The third round pick of Bill Parcells’ in 2003, Witten has established himself as one of the best, if not THE best, complete tight end to ever play the game.
While plenty of TEs have dazzled fans with their receiving ability over the past few years, few were half the blocker Witten was. The fact that Witten only trails the incomparable Tony Gonzalez as a pass-catcher, speaks to how complete of a player Witten has been.
Witten’s best years were between 2006-2014. The 11x Pro Bowler earned All-Pro honors in 2007 and 2010. If this “Best of” list perfectly enveloped his best seasons, he’d be a clear No. 1. But since he split his best seasons between the two decades and the first decade was better than the second, he falls to No. 4 on this list.
Since 2010, Witt has eclipsed the 1000k receiving mark twice. He’s averaged over 10 yards/reception four times, and he’s had a catch percentage of over 71% eight times. He was Tony Romo’s most trusted target and his attention to detail allowed him to continue to be a productive receiver long after his physical skillset said he couldn’t.
Jason Witten is the embodiment of professionalism. He never got in trouble off the field, he always put the team first, he practiced hard and he played hard. If there’s a Mr. Cowboy of the 21st century, it’s Jason Witten.