Originally written on Pro Football Zone  |  Last updated 11/18/14

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten joined KTCK in Dallas with BaD Radio (via SportsRadioInterviews.com) and was asked what it’s like to receive all the criticism he’s received for having a rough start to the season.

“Well it doesn’t feel too good. You obviously go through different types of adversity throughout your career,” said Witten.  “Fortunately for me, I don’t want to say it’s been easy — it’s not — but you always pride yourself on being a productive player and being a guy that is part of the solution and not part of the problem. Obviously that is not the case now, so really two weeks back-to-back, I haven’t played well at all. Quite poorly, to be frank, and we all know that, but ultimately I think as all athletes do — and especially ones that have any bit of success know that — when you go through these times you gotta be able to … you can’t stress. You can’t listen to the outside noise. Criticism is going to come and I’m the first to say that it should come my way. That’s not the way I play and that’s not the body of work [my]career has shown. Hey I am not going to defend myself for that. I know I believe what kind of player I am and I just gotta get back to that and can’t have the mistakes that I have and you gotta fix it, bottom line.”

Witten was asked if he’s ever received this much criticism in his career.

“That’s the way it goes and I think that’s a good thing if you can go through most of your career and not have to deal with that. I definitely find it now and hey, look, I am not looking for a hall pass. It’s a ‘show-me game.’ I said that earlier in the week. I think we all understand that. It’s not about what you did prior. It’s about what you do now and, having said that, I do think I feel confident because of what I have done in the past and the work that I have put in to know I believe I am an elite player and I’ll show that. I’ll get it fixed and there’s nobody else to do it but me. That’s what makes sports and adversity so interesting, to see how people respond. I think I got the right makeup and obviously the right people around me that’ll help in that process.”

If the Cowboys are going to stay atop the NFC East, they’re going to need Witten to show up soon and contribute in a big way.


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