Kitna to donate Cowboys salary to high school

FILE: In a photo provided by Tacoma Public Schools, recently retired NFL quarterback Jon Kitna, instructs algebra students at Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Wash., Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. This was Kitna's first day as a public school teacher. After his retirement from the Dallas Cowboys, Kitna chose to return to his Tacoma roots and become a math teacher and lead the high school's football team. When asked by students why he chose to become a public school teacher, he said, "I want to be around young people who I can influence the same way great teachers influenced me." (AP Photo/Tacoma Public Schools, Casey Madison)
December 26, 2013 4:10:01 PM PST
Jon Kitna will earn $53,000 to serve as the Cowboys' third-string quarterback for one week - and he plans to donate that money to the Seattle-area high school where he's now a coach.

Kitna told The Dallas Morning News of his plans Wednesday.

Kitna retired after the 2011 season, his 15th in the league, and was coaching football at Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Wash., this season when he heard about Tony Romo's back injury. Kitna sent a text message Tuesday morning to Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, and the two would talk by phone for 30 minutes, he said.

"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," the 41-year-old Kitna told the newspaper.

He'll suit up Sunday as the backup to Kyle Orton if Romo can't play against the Philadelphia Eagles, in a game that will decide a playoff berth.

Kitna appeared in three games for the Cowboys in 2011 and has started 124 games overall for Seattle, Cincinnati, Detroit and Dallas.

"He's a very active guy," Garrett said Wednesday. "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."


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