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Jason Witten is retiring from football, hopefully with his body intact. Will be updated. With AP Photos.

"The man who insists on seeing the ideal clearness before he decides, he never decides".

What more needs to be said? According to ESPN he is the all-time Cowboys leader in games played, consecutive games played, starts, catches and receiving yards and is fourth in National Football League history in catches behind Jerry Rice, Tony Gonzalez and Larry Fitzgerald.

Warner may be miffed that the tiebreaker wasn't skill or experience but the fact that Witten played for the Dallas Cowboys. Indy may have captured more than one Super Bowl during Manning's tenure.

"The hardest part of this decision is knowing that I'd never be able to hand you that Lombardi Trophy", Witten said to longtime owner Jerry Jones.

The ultra-durable Witten only missed a single game in his 15 seasons.

"I never allowed my mind to drift to a place of what this day would look like", Witten said in his speech, adding it was time to "pass the torch to the next generation of Dallas Cowboys".

This is a big absence in Witten's career, but he has accomplished everything else aside from that, which makes him a sure-fire Pro Football Hall of Famer.

Witten and Romo became one of the NFL's most prolific duos, as well as BFFs, leading to the tight end's two All-Pro honors (2007, 2010).

Witten's return to AT&T Stadium in his new role is set for November 5, when the Cowboys host the Tennessee Titans.

As much as it is a win for Witten, it is a loss for the Cowboys.

Yet reports broke over draft weekend that Witten was considering retirement.

"I've lived a dream here the last 15 years with this organization, great ownership, great coaches and great opportunity", Witten said during one of his emotional moments after a Week 16 loss to Seattle last December that eliminated the Cowboys. "He also told me those things are going to require a few more days of consideration, at least through the weekend". Garrett coached Witten the last eight seasons.

The flawless example came during the fourth quarter of a November 4, 2007 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Throughout the course of Witten's career, he has broken most of the Cowboys' receiving records and now holds the top spot.

Witten quickly became a leader on the field and in the locker room after being drafted in 2003.

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