ESPN is reporting on Thursday that Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (pictured) has decided to retire from the National Football League and will join the broadcast team as an analyst for ESPN's Monday Night Football.

Witten leaves the Cowboys after 15 seasons as the team's starting tight end.  He made the Pro Bowl 11 times, and twice was named first-team Associated Press All-Pro.  He ranks fourth all-time in NFL history in career receptions with 1,152.  He is the Cowboys all-time leader in career receptions and career receiving yardage.  He is also third in team history with 68 receiving touchdowns.

Witten played his college football at Tennessee.  He was the Cowboys' third round pick in the 2003 NFL Draft.