History within Jason Witten's grasp

IRVING, Texas -- Jason Witten remembers the first catch of his career.

It came in the fourth quarter of his first game on Sept. 7, 2003, against the Atlanta Falcons, a sliding catch in front of linebacker Matt Stewart that led Dallas Cowboys' radio play-by-play legend Brad Sham to say, "It's the tight end Jason Witten, making his first NFL reception, a gain of 13."

"It's one of those deals, you catch it, get up and it's normal. It's football. This is what you do," Witten said Wednesday. "Seems like yesterday, you know? But you never get caught up in any of that and your expectations get higher and higher. You raise the bar for yourself and you're having this conversation."

Since, Witten has added 746 more receptions and "this conversation" is about becoming the Cowboys' all-time leading receiver. Witten needs four catches Sunday at Atlanta to surpass Hall of Famer Michael Irvin.

Just talking about the upcoming achievement made Witten uncomfortable.

"You're so focused on winning and you guys know me well enough that that's the most important thing," Witten said. "But talking about a guy like this [Irvin], it's special because he was one of the greatest. Just to be mentioned with Michael Irvin is special and hopefully we'll have a good discussion after a big win about it."

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