American Football player and Cowboys tight end Jason Witten was born in Elizabethton, Tennessee on May 6, 1982. That makes him a Taurus. The 6′ 5″ tall, 262 lbs # 82 Dallas Cowboys tight end has captured the hearts of many fans, especially those in Dallas. Jason Witten’s career in football has been a bright and fast one.
Witten lives in Southlake, Texas, is married to an emergency room nurse, named Michele, and has two sons, and is a proud owner of a dog named Tink. Jason’s charity work is well known and recently he launched a program to help families and kids who are affected by domestic violence. The foundation is named the Jason Witten SCORE Foundation. His extensive charity work is the reason he was recognized for the NFL’s Walter’s Payton Man of the Year (2007) and also for winning the Home Depot award of Neighborhood MVP. He has received many other honors due to his charity work.
Jason Witten’s bright performance on the football field dates back to his high school years at the Elizabethton High School where he was a linebacker and tight end. Witten shined as one of the most prolific football players in high school. Jason Witten’s college years were spent at the University of Tennessee. As many would have guessed, his college football years were stellar. During that time, Witten managed to chalk up many records after switching from a respectible defensive prospect to a offensive tight end. He established records for receiving yards (493) and receptions (39). His accomplishments allowed him to leave his senior year and enter the NFL Draft in 2003. From there his career skyrocketed and his reputation continues to shine on and off the field.
Looking at back at his early years, Witten’s hometown was Elizabethton (a town that is located between Bristol and Johnson City in Tennessee), he was raised by his mother’s parents from the early age of 11, when he came to live with them after his parents divorced. Jason Witten had a tough childhood prior to moving in with his grandparents. His parents had problems with various arrests and there was violence in the home. His parents are both still living, although they do not appear to play a significant role in Witten’s life.
Dave Rider is Jason’s grandfather, a football coach for many years, was a major influence in Jason Witten’s football career. Elizabethon high school named their stadium after Dave Rider and is still named Dave Rider stadium.
In high school, Jason Witten was named the Tennessee Player of the Year by USA Today. He was given other honors such as East Tennessee Player of the Year, Mr. Football Runner-Up (by the associated press) and Region Defensive Player of the Year. Witten was a starter during all four years of high school and helped take his team to the state semi-finals in three different occasions.
Today he is one of the most respected players in the NFL. Jason Witten is regarded as a sincere family man, with a down to earth personality and a great influence on our youth.
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