Christian Athlete of the Week: Jason Witten

Although I am not a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, I am a fan of Jason Witten and what he does off the field. The 32-year-old tight end has had a spectacular career in the NFL and is one of the most reliable players on the Cowboys’ offense. Witten is not only a good player on the field, but a good person off of it. The Cowboys’ all-time receptions leader launched the SCORE Foundation to provide support and assistance for families and individuals affected by domestic violence. His Christian faith is a strong part of his life and he shares more about it in this video:

Witten started out as a young man from Vienna, Virginia who loved football. He played at the University of Tennessee and became a prolific pass catcher after starting out as defensive end his freshman year. Witten was drafted in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, but didn’t start until 2004 where he caught 87 passes for 980 yards and six touchdowns. It was clear afterwards that Witten was going to be a special player.

He has had four 1,000 yard seasons and holds the NFL-record for most catches by a tight end in a single season when he caught 110 back in 2012. Witten currently has 879 receptions for 9,799 yards and 52 touchdowns. After 11 years in the league, Witten feels like he can still produce.

Witten’s story and background is also something worth mentioning. His father was an alcoholic and Witten’s mom decided to move herself and her three sons out of the house and into her parents’ house in Elizabethton, Tennessee. Through his grandparents, Witten learned about Christ and during a Fellowship of Christian Athletes retreat in Nashville, Witten ended up giving his life to Christ.

“That’s when I understood what life is all about,” Witten said. (Credit:

David Shivers, the Dallas Cowboys’ chaplain and pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, talked about Witten’s demeanor when he’s not playing football.

“Jason is a solid, well-grounded, godly man,” said Shivers. “He loves people and loves the Lord and has the desire to honor Jesus with his skills on and off the field.”

Although Witten is not very public with his faith as well as other athletes, he lets his actions do the talking for him. He has put up great numbers and continues to serve his local community with great love and passion for those around him. I respect this man very much and that’s hard for me to say about a Cowboys’ player. 



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