There’s technically another game preceding the game of all games, the NFL’s annual all-star game, the Pro Bowl.
The Dallas Cowboys originally had four players selected to this year’s Pro Bowl: Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, and first-timer DeMarcus Lawrence.
With the Eagles playing in Super Bowl LII, their Pro Bowlers need to be replaced. They have themselves a mighty nice tight end in Zach Ertz who was selected, and Cowboys legend Jason Witten has been selected as his replacement.
Cowboys have just learned that @JasonWitten has been added to the Pro Bowl roster in place of Zach Ertz.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) January 22, 2018
2017 will mark Witten’s 11th Pro Bowl appearance, tying him with Bob Lilly for the most in franchise history. It’s another badge of honor for one of the most decorated Cowboys of all time to add to his resume.
This is a classic good news/bad news situation, really. It’s great to see Witten receive the honor of being selected (although the Pro Bowl has faded recently), but the fact that Zach Ertz can’t be there because he’s in the Super Bowl is a bitter pill for Cowboys fans.
Jason Witten has already said that his plans are to return for the 2018 season. As nonchalant as him making another Pro Bowl feels on the surface, it’d serve us best to cherish these days as they are most certainly numbered.
Congratulations to Gold Jacket Witt!