Sunday, November 13, 2011
Ozzie Newsome salutes Jason Witten
By Todd Archer
ARLINGTON, Texas -- With a 5-yard catch in the first quarter, Jason Witten surpassed Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome for third place in NFL history for catches by a tight end.
The catch came on a third-and-3 on a quick curl from Tony Romo to pick up a first down on the Cowboys’ second drive.
Witten now has 662 catches. Newsome had the most ever by a tight end at the time of his retirement with 661.
“Jason is a complete tight end with the ability to block at the point of attack and make plays downfield with his catches,” said Newsome, who is Baltimore’s general manager, in a statement from the Ravens. “He has a way to get open that few tight ends possess. He’ll find the spots in zones, he can run away from man coverage and he can catch a ball in heavy traffic. Congratulations to him on reaching another catching milestone.”
Atlanta’s Tony Gonzalez is the leader with 1,108 entering today’s game, followed by Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe, who had 815 in his career with Denver and Baltimore.
Only Michael Irvin has more catches with the Cowboys than Witten. He had 750 receptions in his Hall of Fame career from 1988-99.