When Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten first announced his retirement from the NFL and the beginning of his broadcasting career, many were excited to have another former player spread knowledge in the booth. Unfortunately, it did not go as planned, as Witten received tons of criticism from fans for his questionable performances during ESPN's Monday Night Football last season.
When asked about his opinion of the criticism that he received from viewers on the "Dual Threat" podcast, the once and future Cowboy stated that it "sucked" to hear them, and that the blowback negatively affected him during his stint.
Unlike former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, Witten never seemed to have a natural grasp of the ebbs and flows of live broadcasting and as a result, he never got much love from the fans. He even said that family members would text him messages of hope to try and encourage him.
Witten later added that the criticism he received did not contribute to his decision to rejoin the Cowboys for their upcoming campaign.
New Dual Threat @ringer— Russillo (@ryenarussillo) April 3, 2019
-What went wrong with MNF?
-How did you feel getting ripped every week?
-When did you know you were done w/ it?
-Returning to the Cowboys.
-What’s up with the hair...
The Cowboys have had a solid offseason up to this point, gradually reloading their roster for a potential deep playoff run. As a result, Witten will be looking to return to form upon his NFL comeback and finally put his MNF misadventures behind him.