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Legendary Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten named head football coach at Argyle Liberty Christian

Throughout his NFL professional football career, future Dallas Cowboy Hall of Fame tight end Jason Witten has been an example to all of us – doing the right thing and giving it everything he had. Now, Witten will become a hands-on role model for a group of Texas high school football players.

Passing up several NFL and college football assistant coaching opportunities, Witten, 38, chose to become the head coach at the school his children attend – Argyle Liberty Christian.

“Faith. Family. Football,” Witten said in a statement released by the private school, located about 30 miles north of Fort Worth that competes in Division I of TAPPS — the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools. “In this next chapter, it is important to me to be the best father and husband I can be, while making a positive impact in the community and share the wisdom I’ve accumulated over the years to positively impact the next generation.”

After a legendary 17-year NFL career, Witten announced his retirement last week and intends to sign a one-day contract with Dallas in March to officially retire as a Cowboy once his contract with the Las Vegas Raiders expires. Playing in more games (271) than any other tight end in NFL history, Witten played 16 seasons with the Cowboys before spending the 2018 season as ESPN’s Monday Night Football analyst. Witten returned to the field in 2019 with the Cowboys before playing for the Raiders in 2020.

Entering the NFL as a third-round pick in 2003, Witten was named to the Pro Bowl 11 times, matching Hall of Fame defensive lineman Bob Lilly for the most in Dallas history. Trailing only Hall of Fame Tony Gonzalez for most receptions and yards as a tight end in NFL history, Witten finishes his career with 13,046 yards receiving while hauling in 1,228 catches, ranking fourth on the NFL’s all-time reception list.

In 16 seasons with the Cowboys, Witten ranks as the Dallas’ all-time leader in receptions (1,215) and yards (12,977) as well as second in touchdown catches (72). While playing in a team-record 255 games which included 245 starts, Witten only missed one game in his career because of a broken jaw as a rookie.

“I am very excited about Jason coming on board and joining the Liberty Christian coaching staff,” Liberty athletic director Johnny Isom said. “We have an extremely talented, hard-working group of coaches, and he will undoubtedly prove to be a wonderful addition. The football program will be in great hands under his leadership, and I cannot wait to see the impact that he will have on the lives of athletes.”

Former Argyle Liberty Christian head coach Steven Greek resigned last month after posting a 5-15 record over the last two seasons, including 2-7 in 2020. Greek led Liberty Christian to an 8-5 record and spot in the TAPPS Division I state semifinals in 2018 in his first season as head coach.

“For the Liberty family, we know him as the dedicated husband and father, a man of Godly character, and a servant leader,” Liberty Christian President Blair McCullough said in a statement. “Jason, Michelle, and their four children have been a part of our Liberty Christian family for more than eight years, so when the Liberty community thinks about Jason Witten, we think of a Warrior. I am thrilled for our football team, coaches, student body, school community, and of course the Witten family.”

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