Jerry Jones had plenty of people to thank in his Hall of Fame induction speech Saturday, but he made sure to share his appreciation for his veteran leader.

Jason Witten was one of many current Dallas Cowboys players in attendance for Jones’ ceremony. During the 45-minute speech, the franchise owner, president, and GM took the time to address his captain and tell everyone about the pride Witten brings the Cowboys on and off the field.

“Jason is right there at the top five of all the men, owners, commissioners, players that I’ve met in the NFL – not players, people,” Jones said. “He exudes character and class. And Jason, I’ve never been prouder.

“Last year, when we opened our training camp, and there you were, with all the survivors of those brave policemen that are dead, and there you were with all of them recognizing what they had done for the city of Dallas … Thank you, Jason.”

Witten has played his entire 15-year career with the Cowboys, setting team records, league records, and becoming one of the most respected leaders in the NFL.

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