- Todd Archer, ESPN Staff Writer
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SOUTHLAKE, Texas -- Jason Witten is about to enter his 10th season with the Cowboys, but he still bleeds Tennessee orange in many ways.
Witten grew up in Elizabethton, Tenn., and spent three years with the Volunteers. While in Knoxville, he was able to forge a relationship with legendary basketball coach Pat Summitt, who retired Wednesday less than a year after being diagnosed with early onset dementia-Alzheimer’s type.
“The times I was able to be with her were special because she’s such a leader and has such an understanding of what it takes to be the best,” Witten said. “Obviously it’s a sad situation the last couple of years, but I don’t think there will ever be a legend like that, not only for what she’s done in Tennessee but for women’s basketball and the game of basketball itself. It’s a sad day but people should really look and see what she was able to accomplish, and she did it the right way.”