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Sunday, December 25, 2011
Jason Witten passes Drew Pearson

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- Earlier this year, Jason Witten passed Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome for third place among tight ends in receptions in NFL history. On Saturday, Witten passed Ring of Honor member Drew Pearson for third place in Cowboys history for receiving yards.

Witten has 7,840 yards in nine seasons after catching four passes for 24 yards against Philadelphia. Pearson had 7,822. Next on the list is Tony Hill at 7,988 yards. Michael Irvin is the franchise leader with 11,904.

Sometime next season, Witten should catch Irvin in receptions, too. Irvin had 750 in his career. Witten is at 689 with one game to play in 2011.

“It seems like these are coming at kind of odd times, when you can’t really enjoy it,” Witten said. “There are a lot of great players here who have worn the star on their helmet. To be mentioned with some of those guys is definitely humbling. I feel good. You just do everything to help your team win. Try to stay in the moment. I’m sure [when] I look back at it, I’ll enjoy it a lot more than I do right now. I’m staying focused on this opportunity we do have.”

Witten has 72 catches on the season for his fifth straight year with at least 70 receptions and sixth of his career. Only Tony Gonzalez has had more 70-catch seasons as a tight end in league history with 12. With another 70-catch season in 2012, Witten would match Irvin’s record for most in team history.