The Dallas Cowboys won’t have Tony Romo this Sunday when they host the Philadelphia Eagles for a berth in the the NFL playoffs. Kyle Orton will be getting the start, and it appears that Jon Kitna will be his backup after the 41-year-old high school teacher signed with the team.
If you remember Kitna from his time with the Cincinnati Bengals, Seattle Seahawks, Detroit Lions and Cowboys, you’ll remember him as one of the best characters in the NFL, and he was very vocal in his religious beliefs and was like having another team chaplain.
So, it comes as no surprise that he plans to donate his paycheck to Lincoln High School where he works at in Tacoma, Washington:
Almost every reference has mentioned that the quarterback, who retired from the Cowboys after the 2011 season, will earn about $53,000 for his Christmas week’s work.
Only Kitna, 41, is not keeping the money. It didn’t come up in his Christmas Day media scrum in the locker room. But later, while relaxing on a locker room couch and reconnecting with a radio broadcaster, Kitna said he would be donating his NFL check to his school.
Jon Kitna has played 15 seasons in the NFL, his last three with the Cowboys before retiring after the 2011 season. He’s been out of the league the last two years as he returned to his high school alma mater at Lincoln High School to be a football coach and math teacher.
Kitna, now at age 41, will serve as the backup to Orton, assuming Romo is inactive Sunday. In 2010 when Romo broke his collarbone in the first half of a loss to the New York Giants, it was Jon Kitna who started the next nine games and had a 4-5 record.
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