Since retiring from the NFL after the 2011 season, quarterback Jon Kitna has taught math and coached football at Lincoln (Tacoma, Wash.) High School. He’s kept his throwing arm in shape by running the scout team offense, so when he heard that Dallas Cowboys starting QB Tony Romo might not be able to play this weekend due to a back injury, he texted Cowboys coach Jason Garrett to offer his services.
“I told Jason 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 Dallas Morning News.
Garrett took him up on the offer and Kitna will back up Kyle Orton if Romo is unable to play Sunday in the regular season finale.
The best part of the story? Kitna told teammates that he would donate this week’s salary — about $53,000 — to his high school.