We won’t have Jason Witten to laugh at on Monday nights anymore now that he’s returning to the NFL with the Cowboys after one year in the broadcast booth. Fortunately, we’ll always have the memories. Below are five of our favorite moments of Witten’s time with “Monday Night Football”:
— With the Oct. 15 telecast showing the 49ers producing a league-worst -10 turnover differential, Witten said, “San Francisco can’t keep kicking themselves in the foot like that.” It’s shooting, Jason. Shooting.
— Even the Pro Bowl went wrong for Witten. During the game, after Patrick Mahomes threw a touchdown pass to Eric Ebron, Witten said, “Ebron was his guy all year.” The two hadn’t played together all season. And in presenting the trophy afterward, he accidentally separated the top of the hardware from the base when giving it to Mahomes and Jets safety Jamal Adams, as he lifted it from the top.
— It wasn’t only the broadcast booth Witten struggled. During the college national championship game, ESPN put the “Monday Night Football” crew in its film-room broadcast. After Clemson called for a fair catch at its own 5-yard line on a kickoff, Witten wondered why the player did that, when in college a fair catch between the goal line and the 25-yard line results in a touchback. He was quickly corrected.
— Witten said the NFL has become too “left wing” in protecting quarterbacks during an Eagles-Cowboys game.
“I knew they were going to make it about the health and safety and protecting these quarterbacks. It just seems like we went a little bit to the left wing on that with our approach on trying to protect it,” Witten said. “Not only are the players frustrated, but the coaches. They don’t know how to coach this. That’s when you have a challenge with this rule.”
ESPN would later say his comment had nothing to do about politics.
— After an Aaron Rodgers touchdown pass, an excited Witten said: “He pulls another rabbit out of his head.”
We’ll always have the memories.
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