Jon Kitna To Donate Money From Dallas, Philly Game To His School

1:23 PM, Dec 28, 2013   |    comments
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Next week at schools around the country, teachers and students will start classes by discussing what they did over winter break. A math teacher at Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Wash. will have a better story than most.

Jon Kitna, the 41-year-old former NFL quarterback who is now a high school math teacher and football coach, was signed this week by the Dallas Cowboys. He'll serve as Kyle Orton's backup if Tony Romo is unable to play in Sunday night's NFC East championship. For that, Kitna will receive a game check of approximately $53,000 - not bad for a few days work.

But Kitna won't be cashing that check himself. He told Cowboys play-by-play man Brad Sham he'll donate the money to his high school, according to The Dallas Morning News

Kitna had a 14-year NFL career, serving as a starter in Seattle, Cincinnati and Detroit. He spent his final three seasons as a backup to Romo before retiring in 2011. He now works in his hometown, teaching math and coaching a football team that includes his son, a sophomore starting quarterback.

The NFL return is a win-win for all parties. Kitna gets one more taste of the NFL life. The Cowboys have a battle-tested quarterback should Kyle Orton go down. Lincoln gets a nice donation from its most famous teacher. And, best of all, Kitna doesn't have to take personal days or write up lesson plans for a substitute teacher. Lincoln is on winter break until next Thursday.

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