Posted December 26, 2013

Jon Kitna donating first week’s paycheck from Cowboys to high school where he coaches

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Jon Kitna is back on the sidelines, should the Cowboys need him. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Jon Kitna is back on the sidelines, should the Cowboys need him. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Tony Romo may or may not be done for the season after suffering a back injury against the Washington Redskins last Sunday, but the Dallas Cowboys knew one thing was certain — they needed a second quarterback for practice while Romo underwent treatment and Kyle Orton took first-team reps in preparation. So, after trying out several quarterbacks, the Cowboys signed 41-year-old Jon Kitna, who last took NFL snaps for Dallas in 2011.

Since he retired, Kitna has been teaching math and coaching football at Lincoln High in Tacoma, Wash. But we’re assuming that the school won’t mind the extended holiday vacation Kitna will have to take, especially if the Cowboys beat the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday night and win the NFC East. Kitna plans to donate his entire first-week salary — $53,000 — to the school. Kitna revealed the plan on Christmas Day, after the team’s practice, per the Dallas Morning News.

The Cowboys signed Kitna, whose son Jordan plays quarterback for Lincoln’s team, without a tryout.

“He said he would run scout team for the high school team and give them a really good look, like he gave us great looks when he was here,” head coach Jason Garrett told the Dallas Morning News. “So he’s a very active guy. He’s a mentally tough guy. … And he’s certainly very young at heart. So it was good to have him back, good to have him back in the meetings, and [I’m] excited to see him practice today.”

Kitna texted Garrett after hearing of Romo’s injury, the two men talked, and the agreement came soon after.

“I told Jason if he wants me or somebody to come in and call a play and be able to pull a play off if a bad situation happened, I would be willing to do that,” Kitna said.

Kitna started nine games for the Cowboys in 2010 after Romo suffered a broken collarbone. In nine starts, he completed 209 passes in 318 attempts for 2,365 yards, 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

18 comments
dwaineingarfield
dwaineingarfield

What a class act. Sports needs more men like Kitna.

- Dwaine Ingarfield

rma101560
rma101560

Kitna is a class act.His biggest impact in life will be as a coach and teacher, not as a retired NFL player.

AlRenteria
AlRenteria

How about Jerry Jones match the donation? There is no salary cap for that!

Phllip
Phllip

Nice act by Kitna, but if i can just change the conversation to Sunday's game, i think it's the bigger story. First of all, Romo is a franchise QB. If Cowboys win, they have NO chance of beating the 49ers, Hawks, or Saints, especially on the road. So If I'm the Cowboys management, i think realistically and sit Romo out this game with an injury that can lead him to miss all of next season by one hit on Sunday. 2nd, for all the Eagles haters, this season for the Eagles was supposed to be a rebuilding season and still very much is. No true Eagles fan expected this team to Possibly make the playoffs let alone finish above .500. A few weeks ago we were laughing at the thought of being in a position like this, but the sorry division has allowed us to. We're proud of our guys for making huge improvements in just a short period of time. If they make the playoffs, will they advance? Who knows. We have young fast healthy guys, so our chances aren't fantasy. I personally don't see the Eagles advancing, but once you're in you're in. Ask the Giants who beat the undefeated Patriots. Gotta give respect where respect is due, much like the respect i give Tony Romo and his toughness despite him being a choke artist around this time of the season. Either way it should be an exciting game on Sunday, and may the best team win!

PritchBomb
PritchBomb

Good for him. He seems like a class act.

lainerobbins
lainerobbins

Kitna is a cool dude. I remember reading that he commanded a lot of respect from the other guys in the locker room during his time in Dallas.  Class act making a very classy move in donating his check.

PWINGS
PWINGS

True leaders always lead by example. Excellent example for his high school players and students. Well done, Jon. Happy holidays to all!

Plainview
Plainview

much respect for Kitna!  Hope everyone had a merry christmas.

6marK6
6marK6

Well done, Jon. New uniforms for the kids next year.

Fifilo
Fifilo

Well now. Respect.

Chris10
Chris10

Now that's a teacher

StayGold
StayGold

Dream scenario for Cowboys:  Orton keeps Cowboys in the game in the first half, gets knocked out;  Kitna plays 4th qtr, leads them down the field for game winning score, gets knocked out on 3rd and goal; Romo comes off bench and throws one pass to win the game.

DaM
DaM

@Phllip A GM for just about any team in the NFL would follow this advice as would the QB in the situation as it could conceivably paralyze him if he were to be hit wrong, though the chances are extremely low of this occurring.  Jerry Jones on the other hand....?  I'll leave that open to individual interpretation.

OverEd
OverEd

@StayGoldDream scenario for OverEd: StayGold gets bitchslapped by a 12 year old for being a complete idiot.

AustinRoth
AustinRoth

@StayGoldI would bet under that exact set of circumstances, given the stage the odds are Romo throws a pick.


Make that a pick-6!