Jason Witten high school championship

Jason Witten can add one more accolade to an already illustrious football career: State champ.

Witten led Liberty Christian High School to a victorious Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) Division II state championship on Friday.

“Football’s changed my life. It’s given me so much over the years. This is what you play for and coach for,” Witten told CBS News Texas after the game.

The 11-time Pro Bowl tight end, who assumed the school’s head coaching role in 2021, was doused in ice water after the game.

“These kids have taught me so much. This is why I fell in love with the game as a kid, the life lessons we learn,” Witten added. “And these kids will take this with them for the rest of their life.”

Witten was hired as the team’s head coach just days after retiring from the NFL following 17 seasons — 16 of them with the Cowboys. He signed a one-day contract with the Cowboys before he hung up his cleats so his name was cemented in the organization.

This doesn’t look to be the final coaching gig for him, either. Witten said back in 2019 his goal was to coach in the NFL. With his competitive background, and this latest achievement, maybe we’ll see him soon on the big stage.

[CBS News Texas/Jett Beachum]

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