Dallas Cowboys sign Jon Kitna, a high school coach, as quarterback
“I saw Tony (Roma) got hurt, and I told Jason (Garrett) if he needed somebody to come in that could call a play, be able to pull a play off if a bad situation happened, I’d be willing to do that.”
– Jon Kitna, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback
After he spent 16 years in the National Football League, Jon Kitna left his last team, the Dallas Cowboys, to go back to his hometown and teach Algebra and coach football at Lincoln High School in Tacoma Washington, his old high school. His son is the team’s quarterback. Like most of YouWager’s dedicated NFL football wagering fans, he was content to watch the professional version of football on television. But when Kitna realized that Tony Roma’s back injury could cripple the team, Kitna picked up the phone and called Jason Garrett, the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. From 2009 to 2011, Kitna was a backup quarterback for the Cowboys.
Kitna recently revealed to a YouWager news source that he told Garrett, his former coach, that he still had the playbook memorized. Garret asked Kitna if he was serious. Kitna said,“That was first question out of his mouth. Like I said, it’s not like I’ve been sitting around, staying in shape, hoping I get another shot – my career is done. I just felt like, with the situation that they’re in, I might be able to help in an emergency situation.”
Kitna is 41. Some online sportsbook bettors may remember that Kitna originally signed with the Seattle Seahawks back in 1996, but ended up playing for the Barcelona Dragons in NFL Europe, who won the World Bowl Championship in 1997. In the 1998 NFL wagering season, he started for the Seahawks. Later, Kitna also played for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Detroit Lions before joining the Cowboys. Up until now, Kitna’s career totals were 29,745 passing yards, 169 touchdowns, and 165 interceptions. That could possibly change.
The day before Christmas, Dallas resigned Kitna. He described the learning curve to YouWager’s source: “Just trying to catch up to the speed and get back to the lingo. Our high school plays aren’t quite as long as what they call here, but it’s a lot of the same stuff they were running when I was here. It was good – it came back quick.”
Coach Garret plans to start Kyle Orton as quarterback when Dallas hosts Philadelphia this weekend. Kitna will be Orton’s backup. For his one week of work, Kitna will get a $53,000 payout. He said he is planning to donate the sum to his high school. At YouWager, the Cowboys are 6.5 point underdogs. The Total is 52.5. Game time on Sunday night is 8:30PM.