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08:04 AM ET 12.21 | Nearly seven weeks after one significant franchise mark, Jason Witten has another NFL record in his sights. The tight end passed Michael Irvin for the most receptions in Cowboys history in early November. On Sunday against New Orleans, or in the regular-season finale against Washington, Witten should set the NFL record for most receptions by a tight end in a season. With 97 catches, Witten is five shy of the record set by Tony Gonzalez in 2004. "I have so much respect for the game and this position," Witten said. ... "To break that, no question, it's special. But I think you're more proud of the body of work over the course of the 10 years than you are just one season."

The Dallas Morning News

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December 21, 2012  09:11 AM ET

Outstanding football player. Wish he could get a Super Bowl before he's done. Might not happen.

December 21, 2012  09:24 AM ET

There's no quit in this guy no matter the score.

December 21, 2012  09:36 AM ET

Dallas has been blessed at tight end for a couple decades.

December 21, 2012  09:37 AM ET

100 catches after a lacerated spleen.

Tough guy.

December 21, 2012  09:46 AM ET
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Dallas has been blessed at tight end for a couple decades.

True. B J Dupree & Jay Novacek come to mind immediately, but I think Whitten is the best they've ever had. Definitely Romo's security blanket.

December 21, 2012  10:02 AM ET

Don't forget how the season started. After the spleen incident, Witten, started really slow and dropped a ton of passes. You could tell his body wasn't ready after the injury. He worked his way through it and now here he is about to have a 100+ reception season. Quite an impressive show of work ethic. Great player.

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December 21, 2012  10:10 AM ET

Hall of Famer.

December 21, 2012  10:12 AM ET
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Hall of Famer.

No doubt about it

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December 21, 2012  10:20 AM ET

Even if you are a Cowboy hater you have to admire the former UT Vol for his achievements in the NFL.

December 21, 2012  10:20 AM ET

Hate the Cowboys. Love to see hard work get recognized, though.

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December 21, 2012  10:40 AM ET
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damn, just looked up witten's stats and if you take out his rookie year, Witten averaged 84 catches a season. that's tuff

And - there were those who thought he was done earlier this season when he was dropping passes after his recovery from a RUPTURED SPLEEN!!!!!.

Dude is a warrior and a HOF'er.

December 21, 2012  10:43 AM ET
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LACERRATED SPLEEN

Correction...

December 21, 2012  10:43 AM ET

WR are a dime a dozen, a tight end, worth his weight in gold.

December 21, 2012  10:49 AM ET

Big Deal....heck with the "Boys" and hope New Orleans ends their dream this w/e.....so it
won't have to be up to the REDSKINS to do it next week......see ya lator boys....

December 21, 2012  10:53 AM ET

The Cowboys don't have a lot of receivers worth covering, so that makes Witten's accomplishments all the more impressive. I like it even more because he's not a showboat or a diva, just a regular guy who goes out there and does his job every Sunday.

 
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