Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Jason Witten: Bill Parcells once scolded me for eating halftime hot dog

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten told a rather amusing story on Wednesday involving former coach and future Hall of Famer Bill Parcells.

Speaking to approximately 1,000 people at the 2013 Advocare V100 Independence Bowl kickoff luncheon, Witten said Parcells once scolded him for scarfing down a hot dog during a 2006 preseason game against the New Orleans Saints.

Here's the lowdown on the story:

"It was raining, and I had played most of the first half, catching a touchdown pass, and we were beating the Saints pretty good," Witten said. "I figured I was finished at halftime, because starters usually didn't play that much in preseason games. I walked under the stadium and saw the most beautiful hotdog you've ever seen. I dressed it all up with mustard, and ketchup and relish — then I was in mid-bite when coach (Bill) Parcells walked in.

"I felt about this big," he said spreading two giant fingers. "I didn't figure I'd play another game as a Cowboy."

Witten did live to play another game as a Cowboy, though. In fact, he has become arguably one of the best tight ends in NFL history, amassing more receptions (806) than any other player in franchise history.

"Bill was a great coach, a great man, and I learned so many things from him," Witten said.

Witten, entering his 11th season in Dallas, says he plans to be in attendance when Parcells gets enshrined into the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton on Aug. 4. The veteran may even enjoy a hot dog or two while he's there, too. And I have got to believe that Parcells will be a little more tolerant this time around.


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