Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Jason Witten's Pro Bowl streak ends
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- While DeMarcus Ware was able to extend his Pro Bowl streak to six years and Jay Ratliff to four years, Jason Witten’s came to an end at seven. At least for the moment.
Witten could be added later as an alternate, although he is not sure if he was the first alternate behind New Orleans’ Jimmy Graham and Atlanta’s Tony Gonzalez.
Witten admitted to being disappointed. Only Bob Lilly (10), Mel Renfro (10) and Randy White (nine) played in more consecutive Pro Bowls than Witten. Larry Allen also played in seven straight Pro Bowls (1995-2001).
"I think you always focus on trying to help the team win a championship,” Witten said. “Along the way you want to be the best at your position. The other two guys had great seasons, so unfortunately it didn’t work out. Give those guys credit. They had good years. You always want to do your best and put yourself in position. I felt like I had a great year. Other guys, I guess, had better years. It's always a disappointment. They earned it for sure."
Ware and Ratliff were named starters for the NFC all stars.
“When you always think about the Pro Bowl, it’s always about going out there and representing the Cowboys, representing your team and to sort of be consistent,” said Ware, who is tied for second in the NFL with 18 sacks. “I always talk about being consistent and being consistent this long is always good. Making the Pro Bowl this year is always good.”