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Cowboys Midsummer Madness, Second Round: Jason Witten vs. Chuck Howley

Round two of our Midsummer Madness tournament is underway! Today’s match-up features four seed Jason Witten facing off against five seed Chuck Howley. Who will advance to the Sweet Sixteen?

Our Fourth of July Match-up is sure to generate some fireworks: fourth-seeded Jason Witten, perhaps the most consummate Cowboy since Roger Staubach, goes up against fifth-seeded Chuck Howley, arguably the greatest linebacker in team history. I'm expecting another close, tightly-fought contest here. Will I be proven correct? Read the bios and comments and hit the poll, BTBers!

Wanna keep tabs on the state of the bracket or look ahead to future contests? All the Midsummer Madness info you could ever want can be found right here.


Player: Jason Witten

Position: tight end

Seed: 4

How he got here: defeated Tom Rafferty, 890-28


Name Years Career AV Pro Bowls All-Pro RoH HoF
Christopher Jason Witten

Bio: The Cowboys selected Jason Witten in the third round of the 2003 draft. He played sparingly in his rookie season (notably missing only one game after breaking his jaw, which he had to have wired shut), but exploded the following season, when he caught 87 passes and received the first of his ten Pro Bowl nods (every year from 2004-2014 except 2011). From 2006 on, he has been Tony Romo's safety valve, in which capacity he has become particularly adept on third downs. Along the way, he received All-Pro nominations in 2007 and '10, logged four 1,000+ yard seasons, seven years with at least 79 catches and 57 touchdwns.

For his career, Witten holds Cowboys records for most career receptions, with 943, and most receptions in a single game, with eighteen (against the Giants in 2012). In addition, he holds NFL records for most receptions in a single season by a tight end (110 in 2012); most receptions in a single game by a tight end (the 18 noted above); most consecutive starts by a tight end (131 and counting); and is second to Tony Gonzalez in receptions and receiving yards by a tight end. In addition, Witten currently stands thirteenth in career receptions in NFL history, with 943 (nine more will push him past Andre Reed into twelfth place), and is only the third tight end in NFL history with 10,000 career receiving yards.

In 2009, Witten was named to the CBS  All-Iron team. In 2010, after hauling in 94 receptions for 1,002 yards and nine touchdowns, he was named the NFL tight end of the Year by the NFL Alumni Association. Plus, he's a tough cookie: in 2012, he suffered a lacerated spleen in a preseason game against the Raiders but didn't miss any regular season games. Speaking of toughness, The Senator had the greatest helmetless run ever, and on Monday Night Football against the Eagles no less. To top it off, he is a model citizen and teammate and was a deserving 2012 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award winner, the second time he was nominated for the award

Member comments:

Member Comment

I might never vote against Witten in this entire contest.

One of the all time great Cowboys on and off the field, and widely held as one of the most respected players in the NFL. The only problem I have with him is that every time I want to buy a new jersey, there’s nobody I’d rather wear than 82.

BigHat in NewTexas


If they had Witten at TE, QB, OLine, DLine, WR, RB, Etc., the NFL would shut down.

Witten mittens

C'mon people.


Player: Chuck Howley

Position: linebacker

Seed: 5

How he got here: defeated Greg Ellis, 731-59


Name Years Career AV Pro Bowls All-Pro RoH HoF
Charles Louis Howley

Bio: Howley was acquired by the Cowboys in 1961 for second-and ninth-round draft picks after he had retired in 1959 (after playing in the NFL for one year) due to a major knee injury suffered while playing for the Bears. As a Cowboy, he started for two seasons on the strong side before moving to the "Will" in 1963 so that Dave Edwards cold man the strong side and Howley could take advantage of his superior speed and athleticism.

Indeed, Howley's cat-like quickness made him one of the greatest coverage linebackers of all time, and helped him be a turnover machine. Howley intercepted 25 passes - six in 1968 - and recovered 18 fumbles in his career; his 97-yard return of a fumble is the second longest in Cowboys history. He capped off the 1971 season by recording a fumble recovery and a 41-yard interception in the Cowboys 24-3 win over the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VI, a performance that merited MVP consideration.

Howley was named first-team All-Pro five times in his career, was a six-time Pro Bowler and was named to the All-Eastern Conference team in 1963. In thirteen years with the Cowboys, Howley played in 165 games, including two NFL Championships and two Super Bowls. He was named Super Bowl V's Most Valuable Player after intercepting two passes and recovering a fumble in the Cowboys 16-13 loss to the Colts. It was the first time a defensive player received the honor and the only time a player from the losing team has won the award. Howley was inducted into the Ring of Honor in 1977.

Member comments:

Member Comment


The ONLY SB MVP on a LOSING team! That’s how good he was!


Howley has been the most deserving senior era candidate from any team not already in the HoF for quite some time now.

Hopefully Gosselin actually starts acting like the Dallas representative he’s theoretically supposed to be and gets him nominated this year.


I'm Late to the Party BUT

Was there EVER a doubt about how I was going to vote on this? And, YES, without him the HOF is a joke!

Alright, BTBers, which man advances to the sweet sixteen?

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