Former Dallas Cowboys star Jason Witten hired to be Texas high school football coach

By Vincent Frank
Nov 22, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders tight end Jason Witten (82) against the Kansas City Chiefs at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Mere days after announcing his retirement from the NFL, future first-ballot Hall of Famer Jason Witten has a new gig. No, it’s not in the broadcast booth. That’s a positive.

Rather, Witten will transition to the high school football ranks as the head coach for the Texas-based Liberty Christian School. An announcement was made by the school via social media on Monday.

“Liberty Christian School is excited to announce our new Head Football Coach Jason Witten. Jason, former Dallas Cowboy tight end and long-time Liberty parent will be joining the Liberty Christian coaching staff as Head Football Coach. It’s a great day to be a Warrior,” the school said in a statement.

Jason Witten makes transition from NFL to high school football

Jason Witten, high school football coach
Nov 15, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders tight end Jason Witten (82) during the first half against the Denver Broncos at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Located in Argyle, Liberty Christian is about a 45-minute drive to the Dallas area. The most-recent Max Preps rankings has the Warriors as the 368th-best high school football team in Texas. It posted a 2-7 record a season ago. Obviously, Witten will have his work cut out for him. But it’s about a lot more than that.

For Witten, this enables him to spend more time with his family. In fact, a couple of his children attend the school. As a family man, it’s no surprise that Witten made this decision over potentially being a position coach in the NFL following his retirement after just one season with the Las Vegas Raiders.

Jason Witten joins another recently-retired former NFL star in that of Philip Rivers to give up the fame of the professional ranks to coach high school football. If this is indeed a trend, that’s pretty darn cool. Big-name NFL players transitioning to help young kids learn the nuances of the game while boasting a wealth of experience.

Good stuff.