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Retired Raiders tight end Jason Witten takes head coaching job at Texas school

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 22: Tight end Jason Witten #82 of the Las Vegas Raiders extends the football to score on a 1-yard touchdown reception ahead of outside linebacker Damien Wilson #54 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the NFL game at Allegiant Stadium on November 22, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Chiefs defeated the Raiders 35-31. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Jason Witten did not waste any time finding the next step in his football career.

The newly retired Raiders tight end will become head football coach for Liberty Christian School in Argyle, Texas, the school announced Monday.

Last week, Witten told ESPN last week he would retire after a 17-season career in the NFL.

His children attend Liberty Christian, ESPN reports, and he passed on several pro and college football opportunities as an assistant coach to take the job.

A third-round pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, Witten played 16 total seasons with the Cowboys. He briefly retired and joined ESPN's "Monday Night Football" broadcast for the 2018 season before returning to Dallas in 2019.

Joining the Raiders as a free agent last offseason, he had 69 yards receiving and two touchdowns on 13 catches in 2020.

Witten said he would sign a one-day contract with Dallas in March so he could retire as a Cowboy.

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