When Jon Kitna decided to return to the Dallas Cowboys to serve as the backup emergency quarterback this week, it wasn't for money. According to KREM on Dec. 26, Kitna chose to return to Dallas just to help the team and is donating his entire paycheck to the high school is coaches at.
Kitna chose to retire after the 2011 NFL season and Dallas went out and signed former Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback to be the primary backup to Tony Romo in Dallas.
Kitna left the NFL on his own terms and has been coaching a high school football team in Tacoma, Wash. since his retirement. Now, it sounds like that high school will reap the benefits of Kitna temporarily returning to the NFL.
Kitna, 41, will serve as Kyle Orton's backup if Tony Romo is out for the season finale against the Eagles. Dallas has to win the game to make the playoffs. If they lose, their season is over with and they might end up losing their entire coaching staff as a result.
While it looked at first like Kitna might be getting a nice easy payday when he returned to Dallas, that is not the case. Kitna will make $53,000 for serving as the emergency quarterback in the Eagles game. He said that he will donate that entire paycheck to Lincoln High School in Tacoma.