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Jason Witten becomes 12th player, second TE with 1,000 catches

LANDOVER, Md. -- With a 7-yard catch in the second quarter of Dallas' 19-16 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night, Cowboys tight end Jason Witten became the 12th player in NFL history to reach 1,000 career receptions.

Witten is just the second tight end in NFL history to reach the milestone. Tony Gonzalez, who is second all-time in catches behind Jerry Rice, had 1,325 catches in his career. On Sunday, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald became the 11th player to reach the 1,000-catch mark.

Rice has the most catches ever, with 1,549. After Gonzalez, the list includes Marvin Harrison (1,102), Cris Carter (1,101), Tim Brown (1,094), Terrell Owens (1,078), Reggie Wayne (1,070), Andre Johnson (1,040), Isaac Bruce (1,024), Hines Ward (1,000) and Fitzgerald (1,000).

Witten holds the NFL records for catches in a season by a tight end (110) and catches in a game by a tight end (18). He is the Cowboys' franchise leader in receptions and is second to Michael Irvin (11,904) in yards. He has 59 career touchdown catches, which ranks fifth all-time among NFL tight ends and third in Cowboys' history.

Witten has recorded at least 50 catches in 12 straight seasons. Only Gonzalez had more as a tight end, with 16.

Witten's wife, Michelle, and sons, C.J. and Cooper, made the trip to FedEx Field to see the moment Monday.