The future NFL Hall of Famer just wants to blend in now that he’s back for a club-record 16th season with the Dallas Cowboys following a year in the “Monday Night Football” booth. The tight end said he missed playing and thought the Cowboys looked like future contenders for a Super Bowl — something he could not deliver despite 1,152 catches and 12,448 yards and 11 Pro Bowl berths. “I kind of like that the back’s against the wall for the whole football team, the whole organization,” Witten said. “I want those guys to know that I’m just a part of that. I want to be a part of it. It’s as simple as that. I didn’t overthink it. The fire was too strong.”
Clemson football spokesman Ross Taylor said Monday that the longtime Auburn head coach is joining the program as an unpaid graduate intern as he pursues an advanced degree in athletic leadership at the university. Bowden, 63, is the younger brother of Tommy Bowden, who was Clemson’s football coach from 1999 through middle of 2008 when Dabo Swinney was appointed Bowden’s successor. Terry Bowden went 47-17-1 with two SEC Western Division titles in six years (1993-98) at Auburn. He most recently spent seven seasons at Akron, where he went 35-52. He was let go this past winter after the Zips finished 4-8. Terry and Tommy Bowden are sons of Florida State’s two-time national championship head coach, the retired Bobby Bowden.
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