A special day for Elizabethton. A special honor for the hometown hero.
The football career and philanthropic efforts of Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten were honored Friday with the proclamation of ‘Jason Witten Day’ in a special ceremony at the Covered Bridge Festival before hundreds of Witten’s closest family, friends, former neighbors and fans.
“To get this award and have them name this day after me was a humbling experience,” Witten said. “As a young kid when I moved here with challenges all around, I never thought we would have this day.
“I was a kid with a dream and I was fortunate to have a lot of people chase that dream with me and had some success. Hopefully there’s a lot more to come.”
Elizabethton Mayor Curt Alexander presented Witten with a key to the city as his two young sons, C.J. and Cooper, helped unveil the new road signage honoring Witten that has been placed upon entrance into the city limits.
His grandfather, former Elizabethton High football coach Dave Rider, and brothers Shawn and Ryan spoke along with former Carter County Mayor Dale Fair and former Elizabethton athletic director and teacher Jim Presnell.
Each individual shared personal stories about Jason and how success, if anything, has brought him closer to those who are less privileged.
A full recap of Jason Witten Day and the Jason Witten SCORE Foundation Youth Football Camp will print in Sunday’s Star.