Jason WittenDallas Cowboys Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten will be the featured speaker at the fourth-annual AdvoCare V100 Bowl Kickoff Luncheon, scheduled for Wednesday, July 17 at 11:45 a.m. at the Shreveport Convention Center.
Tickets for the luncheon are available for $50 and tables of eight are $400. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Bowl office at (318) 221-0712 or toll-free at (888) 414-BOWL (2695). To order tickets online, click here.
"It's a privilege to have All-Pro Dallas Cowboy Tight End Jason Witten as this year's featured speaker at the AdvoCare V100 Bowl Kickoff Luncheon," 2013 AdvoCare V100 Bowl Chairman John Hubbard said. "Named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year last year, Jason's passion for community goes beyond his accomplishments on the field.
"Whether you wear black and gold or silver and blue, Jason's message is for you. Support the bowl and our community by joining me on July 17 for this year's luncheon."
Drafted by Dallas out of the University of Tennessee in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft, Witten is in his 11th season with the Cowboys. His 806 career receptions rank first in Cowboys' history and third in the NFL among tight ends. His 8,948 career receiving yards also ranks third in NFL history among tight ends.
Witten has been named to the Pro Bowl eight times, including seven-consecutive years from 2004-10, as well as 2012. He has also been voted an All-Pro six times, in 2004, 2007-10 and 2012.
He enjoyed a career year in 2012, hauling in an NFL record for tight ends and Cowboys' franchise record 110 receptions for 1,039 yards and three touchdowns. In Week 8 against the New York Giants, Witten caught 18 passes for 169 yards, which is the NFL record for tight ends and Cowboys' franchise record for receptions in a game.
Along with being one of the best tight ends in NFL history, Witten is also dedicated to the betterment of the community. Jason Witten's SCORE Foundation has established a number of programs to combat domestic violence. He has also helped establish Learning Centers at the Boys and Girls Clubs in East Dallas, his hometown of Elizabethtown, Tenn. and in Knoxville, Tenn. He also hosts a free youth football clinic in Elizabethtown, with about 1,200 kids in attendance each year.
Witten was named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2012, which recognizes a player's volunteer and charity work, as well as on-field excellence.