Jon Kitna donating Dallas Cowboys game check to high school where he’s currently working
With the chances of Tony Romo actually playing being slim to none in Sunday’s critical, winner-take-all showdown against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys have brought back veteran quarterback Jon Kitna for one week to back up presumed starter Kyle Orton.
Kitna told reporters that he and head coach Jason Garrett had a 30-minute conversation about his willingness to make a comeback after he texted the Cowboys upon learning of Romo’s injury and the team’s potential need for a backup quarterback.
“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.
Garrett praised Kitna for his ability to jump right back in, as the 41-year-old ran the scout team during Wednesday’s practice.
“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,” Garrett said. “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 will receive a reported $53,000 from the Cowboys for his very brief return to professional football — he announced his NFL retirement in January 2012 — but according to a report in the Dallas Morning News, Kitna will not be keeping one cent of his one-week paycheck.
Kitna told Cowboys radio play-by-play voice Brad Sham and some teammates in the locker room on Wednesday that he will be donating the entirety of his $53,000 game check to Lincoln High School in his native Tacoma, Wash. Kitna has been teaching math and coaching football since his retirement. Kitna’s son Jordan, a sophomore, was the team’s starting quarterback.
While Kitna has made a considerable amount of money playing in the NFL over 15 seasons, it does not diminish one bit a very generous and extremely thoughtful act of charity.
[H/T SB Nation]