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Jason Witten steps away from playing, begins coaching career


Jason Witten is again done playing football – and this time the former All-Pro tight end is shifting to the sidelines as a coach.

Witten on Monday was named head coach at Liberty Christian School in the Dallas-area suburb of Argyle, Texas.

Witten spent all but one season of his NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys, as he played the 2020 season for Jon Gruden's Las Vegas Raiders.

A former University of Tennessee Volunteers All-Southeastern Conference performer, Witten takes over at the private school founded in 1983 where his children already are enrolled.

Witten is No. 2 all-time in the NFL's annals for receptions and receiving yards among tight ends, and also exits the game with 11 career Pro Bowl selections.

Coaching also already is part of the Witten family. His brother, Shawn, is a state championship-winning coach at their former school, Elizabethton, in northeast Tennessee. Witten's grandfather, Dave Rider, who was a strong fatherly influence in his life, also was a long-time coach at Elizabethton and coached Witten and his brothers during their playing days.

As always stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest coaching news.