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Dallas Cowboys History: Jason Witten Is Easily Greatest #82 Ever

There are officially 82 days until the toe meets the ball at where the Dallas will host the on NBC’s .

We are coming in hot on the NFL season. It’s the time of year where front offices take vacations and storylines are so crazy that you’d think this was the . There is no here at so buckle up and enjoy a fresh baked heap of Cowboys-ness for you, today we reveal the Greatest 82 in .

The following players have all worn 82 for the Dallas Cowboys:

  • Chris Brazell, WR
  • Cornell Burbage, WR
  • Franke Clark, WR
  • Cory Fleming, WR
  • , WR (Yes, Harper wore 82 for Dallas in 1999)
  • Tony McGee, TE
  • James McKnight, WR
  • Johnny Mitchell, TE
  • Jeff Ogden, WR
  • Beasley Reece, DB
  • Mike Renfro, WR
  • Derrick Shepard, WR
  • Cleo Simmons, TE
  • Jimmy Smith, WR
  • Otto Stowe, WR
  • Jason Witten*, TE

*Active player on the Dallas

I’m not going to jive you here, this is not a competition. The Greatest 82 in Dallas Cowboys History is exactly who you think it is, but we need to give a bit of props first.

Jimmy Smith is one of the more underrated receivers in NFL History. He is the all-time leading receiver in History. While he hardly played for the Cowboys, it’s pretty cool that the leading receivers for another NFL team donned the 82 here.

Frank Clarke was the ultimate badass. He was named after President Franklin D. Roosevelt and was one of the very first Dallas Cowboys ever, taken in the 1960 NFL Expansion Draft. While he took a while to get going, Frank was the first true deep threat that the Cowboys had, has even credited Clarke with improving his own deep threat ability. He put together a streak in 1961 where he caught a touchdown in seven straight games. Bob Hayes himself tied this in 1965/1966, did it in 2007, and current Cowboy did it in 2012. Frank Clarke was so stone cold awesome that one of his records lasted all the way until 2014. Clarke had the most career receiving multi-touchdown games (9), which Dez Bryant broke last season. Bravo, Frank Clarke!

It is not just undeniable, it is not just non-debatable, it is a fact of life in the same way that water is wet that the Greatest 82 in Dallas Cowboys History is Jason Witten.

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ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 28: Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys signals for a first down against the in the first half at AT&T Stadium on September 28, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 504248669 ORIG FILE ID: 456297934

His resume is LOADED. In 12 years Witten’s biggest, and believe me there are plenty, accolades include:

  • 943 career receptions (most in Dallas Cowboys History)
  • 10,502 receiving yards (second most in Dallas Cowboys History)
  • 57 career touchdowns (third most in Dallas Cowboys History)
  • 10 Selections (all in the last 11 years)
  • 2 First-Team All-Pro Selections
  • 2012 Award
  • 191 games played (second most in Dallas Cowboys History among pass catchers), with 181 starts
  • On December 9th, 2007 in Detroit against the Lions, Witten tied Kellen Winslow Sr. for the most catches by a in an NFL game (15)
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Left to Right: Myself, Jason Witten, and my Dad one week after #82’s record-setting performance in Detroit in 2007

 

Witten is everything that you want in a football player. He works hard, he plays hard, he’s a leader among his teammates, he’s a leader in the community (as exemplified by his Walter Payton Man of the Year Award), he is a role model, and he never quits. He is ’s best friend and has served as his security blanket on many a third down. He, along with Romo, has helped keep the Cowboys at a competitive level for the last decade and it would be fitting for a player of Witten’s stature to finish his career with a Victory among his accomplishments.

Jason Witten is not just the Greatest 82 in Dallas Cowboys History; he is arguably the Greatest Player in Dallas Cowboys History. Don’t think so? Tony Romo disagrees with you. Witten has been the definition of excellence in his time in Dallas. He has all the records, all the statistics, and someday he will put on a Gold Jacket and enter the hallowed halls of the .

Check back tomorrow to find out who the Greatest 81 in Dallas Cowboys History is!

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