With a seven-yard catch in the fourth quarter of the
Cowboys’ loss to the Falcons in Atlanta on Sunday night, veteran tight
end Jason Witten passed Michael Irvin to become the franchise’s all-time
leader in career receptions. But the fact that this milestone came
during an all-too-frustrating loss that sent Dallas to 3-5 on the season
kept Witten from reveling in the moment.
“I don’t want to neglect what happened,
Witten said of the record, per ESPN Dallas. “I’m tremendously humbled.
From Day 1 when I came in here as a 20-year-old kid, I was just trying
to do better each time I got an opportunity. To pass Michael and what he
stood for and how he worked and obviously the player that he was, I
mean, that’s special for me.
“But ultimately, and I think the
relationship there is such that you don’t play to get catches. You play
to compete for a championship and to win ballgames. That’s been my
approach since Day 1 that I arrived in Dallas, and that’ll be the way
until I leave.”
After Sunday night, Witten has 754 catches for his career. Irvin had 750.