Math Teacher Turned Cowboys QB Jon Kitna Donating Salary To His School

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Patrick Creaven
Jon Kitna retired from football two years ago, but he returning to help his old team, the Dallas Cowboys, and is donating his money to his old employer.

Jon Kitna playing quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys before he first retired in 2011. CREDIT: spablab/flickr

A math teacher going to the Dallas Cowboys to play quarterback, and then donating his football salary to his school, sounds like a plot from a cheesy Disney movie.

Jon Kitna played in the National Football League from 1997 to 2011, but after retiring and going back home to Tacoma, Wash. to teach math and coach high school football, it looked like Kitna's football-playing career was over.

But Cowboys star quarterback Tony Romo seriously hurt his back last week and with the Cowboys in desperate need of a backup quarterback, Kitna thought he would call his old employer to see if they wanted him back.

“I told (Cowboys coach Jason Garrett) 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 told the The Dallas Morning News.

For one week of work (unless the Cowboys make the playoffs), Kitna is slated to make $53,000. A nice Christmas bonus, but instead of cashing in on the payday, Kitna said he is donating the money to his current employer, Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Wash.

Kitna will likely not see the field on Sunday, but if he does and somehow leads to the Cowboys to a victory in the regular season finale and clinching a division championship, there probably will be a Disney movie about it.

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