New Dallas Cowboys Backup Quarterback Donating NFL Salary to High School
An injury to the Dallas Cowboys' starting quarterback opened the door this week for a high school math teacher to temporarily make his way back into the NFL.
Not only that, but he'll be donating the salary he earns this week back to his school, according to multiple reports.
Tony Romo, the Cowboys' starting QB, reportedly has a herniated disc in his back, per ESPN's Chris Mortensen, leaving his status for Sunday's clash against the Philadelphia Eagles for the NFC East title in jeopardy. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Monday that Romo was done for the year, but the Cowboys still appear to be holding out hope for a miraculous comeback.
Kyle Orton, who would play in Romo's place if he's unable to go, was the only other quarterback on Dallas' roster as of Monday evening. On Tuesday, the Cowboys brought a handful of QBs to try out before deciding to sign 41-year-old Jon Kitna as their third-string quarterback.
Kitna last played in the NFL with Dallas back in 2011. Since retiring, he started teaching math and coaching football at Lincoln High School in his native Tacoma, Wash., per Barry Horn of The Dallas Morning News. And after he wraps up this guest stint with the Cowboys, that's where he and the roughly $53,000 he earns this week will be heading.
The QB has already been donating his entire teacher's salary to the school's booster program, according to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
"There has never been any other thought," Kitna said to Hill, regarding the donation of his NFL salary to the school. "That's what we are doing anyways, whether it's teacher's salary or this salary. It's what our life's work has been since I retired anyways. I've lived a good life."
Kitna told Hill that the money will help feed the school's athletes and get them on a good nutrition program. Roughly 85 percent of the student population is below the poverty line at that school, the new QB said.
On Twitter, Hill made an excellent point: Good luck to any student who expects to out-do Kitna's "What Did You Do Over Winter Break?" story.
At least Jon Kitna will have some great stories to tell his high school students about what he did during Xmas vacation.—Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) December 25, 2013
What you do coach? Made a bunch of money to sit around and toss passes in practice like I do here everyday. #kitnaxmasvacation—Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) December 25, 2013
For more on the professional-football-player-turned-teacher experience, Yahoo! Sports' Les Carpenter provided an in-depth look into Kitna's life last December. One highlight: He spent $150,000 of his own money to completely revamp the school's weight room, which inspired many of his former teammates (including Romo) to donate money for new jerseys and equipment.
In other words: Kitna donating his NFL paycheck to the school couldn't be less out of character.
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