Longtime Cowboys TE Witten named head coach of Argyle Liberty Christian football team
Last week, longtime Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, who completed his 17th and final NFL season with the Las Vegas Raiders, announced his retirement from professional football. However, Witten could not stay away from the gridiron for too long. The news was announced on Twitter on Monday that the retired future Hall of Fame player, who has had children in the football program, will step in as the next head coach for Argyle Liberty Christian School, located about 30 miles northeast of Fort Worth.
A former third-round pick from the Tennessee Volunteers in the 2003 NFL Draft, Witten finished his career fourth overall in receptions (1,228) and played in 271 games, the most of any tight end in league history. Instead of playing between the numbers, the 38-year-old Witten is looking to give back to the game from a different angle — on the sidelines.
“Faith. Family. Football. 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,” Witten said in a statement.
Witten told sources close to ESPN last week that he felt content walking away from the game “knowing that for 17 seasons, I gave it my absolute all.” Now, the former star tight end enters the next chapter of his career as a rookie with plenty of energy to dedicate to turning around the Warriors football program, a competitor of Division I in TAPPS — the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools.
“For the Liberty family, we know him as the dedicated husband and father, a man of Godly character, and a servant leader. Jason, Michelle, and their four children have been a part of our Liberty Christian family for more than 8 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,” Liberty President Blair McCullough said in a statement.
The Warriors have gone 5-15 over the last two years combined, including a 2-7 mark during the 2020 season. For more sports coverage, click here.