Dallas Cowboys @dallascowboys
Congrats @JasonWitten #DallasCowboys https://t.co/RlY7c7XOyF2017-9-11 01:13:03
Irvin was quick to praise Witten on Twitter:
Michael Irvin @michaelirvin88
Congrats 2 @JasonWitten on @dallascowboys Record! U have earned it & NO 1 deserves it more. WE ALL HONOR YOU!!! https://t.co/fwlLqUgKEF2017-9-11 02:29:03
Witten's latest achievement earned him the praise of another Cowboys legend, Drew Pearson:
Drew Pearson @88DrewPearson
Congrats on the rec record @dallascowboys @JasonWitten You could have played for Coach Landry back in the day, and he would have loved you. https://t.co/LPWmzsFmgu2017-9-11 01:21:39
It also put him in rarefied air at the tight end position, according to Mitch Goldich of SI.com:
Mitch Goldich @mitchgoldich
Tight ends who lead a franchise in career receiving yards: Antonio Gates- SD/LAC Tony Gonzalez- KC Ozzie Newsome- CLE Jason Witten- DAL2017-9-11 01:26:18
It wasn't the only milestone Witten was in position to accomplish on Sunday night. Heading into the game, he was also just six receptions away from surpassing Tim Brown for the sixth-most receptions in NFL history.
"Many days it's hard and it's a struggle to get out of bed, but you keep pressing forward and you pursue that excellence," Witten said on Friday when asked about potentially breaking Irvin's record, per Jori Epstein of the Dallas Morning News. "To be able to pass him, it's a huge honor for me because I know what he was all about. Not only a Hall of Fame player but how he approached the game."
Irvin, meanwhile, seemed more than OK with Witten being the one to break his record.
"When I first retired and I was going over to Valley Ranch to work out, I would look out onto that field and the only people I'd see working out were Jason Witten and Tony Romo," Irvin told David Moore of the Dallas Morning News on Thursday. "That right there, when Jason Witten is becoming what he is becoming, I'm OK with that because I know it's not just physical talent. It was will and determination and hard work."
"Hey, that's what I'm about," Irvin added. "That's what he's about, so us being up there together is great."