Back in January, I blogged about Jon Kitna, a former quarterback for (among others) the Cincinnati Bengals, who had settled into NFL retirement as a math teacher and football coach at the high school he attended in Tacoma, WA. He seems to be doing good work there.
However, not all retirements are permanent. After losing their starting quarterback to injury, the Dallas Cowboys have signed Kitna to a one-game contract for this Sunday’s “playoff or bust” game with the Philadelphia Eagles. Kitna, who hasn’t played in the NFL in a couple of years, is the team’s quarterback of last resort — Kyle Orton, the regular backup, will be calling signals to start the game. Still, it’s possible that he may have to take the field if Orton can’t finish the game.
But that’s not the cool part. The cool part is that he’s announced that he’ll be donating his $53K game check to the high school where he works. And if Dallas wins and makes the playoffs? Well, we shall see.
Although I’ve never had much use for the Cowboys, I’ll at least be rooting for Jon Kitna this weekend.