New giraffe at Dallas Zoo named ‘Witten’ after retiring Cowboys star

A close-up of Witten with mom Chrystal in the background./May 3 (Dallas Zoo)

DALLAS, Texas -- A new giraffe at the Dallas Zoo has been named “Witten,” after just-retired Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten.

The naming of the calf, a male born April 25, comes after Witten retired following 15 seasons as a Cowboy.

"We're shifting from our typical tradition of naming a baby after its native heritage to honor a Texas legend and all around great guy," said Gregg Hudson, Dallas Zoo president and CEO, in a written statement.

"Our zookeepers were the first ones to jump on this naming opportunity. We're all huge fans of Jason, he's a real role model — on the field and in our community."

Witten, the football player, is joining ESPN as its lead analyst for the “Monday Night Football” telecast.

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