Jon Kitna retired from the NFL in 2011, but with Tony Romo’s status very unlikely for Sunday night’s NFC East-deciding game with the Eagles, the Cowboys called in their former backup out of mothballs for at least one week. Carrying a clipboard for a couple hours on Sunday night pays pretty well, too. Kitna will pocket roughly $53,000 for his game check. Via the Dallas Morning News, the 41-year-old is doing a great thing with the money: he plans on donating it to Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Wa., where he works as a math teacher and football coach.
Not too shabby, right?
Coaching football in high school helped keep Kitna sharp, at least sharp enough to backup Kyle Orton (or maybe Romo) for a week. Kitna, who played in the NFL for 15 seasons, would run scout team for the Abes, so when Romo got hurt he texted Cowboys coach Jason Garrett that he was fit enough to help out.
Yes, if you’re paying close attention the Lincoln High nickname is the Abes, which is terrific.