Jon Kitna transitions quickly into role as algebra teacher
Jon Kitna has transitioned quickly into his post-football career.
The former quarterback has already signed on as the head football coach and algebra teacher at Lincoln High School, his alma mater in Tacoma, Wash.
That’s quick work as the Dallas Cowboys’ season ended less than a month ago.
“It's incredible. The right door opened," Kitna told Clarence Hill of the Forth Worth Star-Telegram. "I am beyond excited. It was the perfect opportunity. The coach wanted to move into the athletic director's role and called and asked me if I was interested."
Kitna informed the Cowboys he was retiring just two weeks ago. His job starts with the beginning of the second semester on Feb. 7. Interestingly, Kitna first thought about working at Lincoln back in 1997 when he wasn’t drafted. But after playing at Central Washington he enjoyed a long, successful NFL career that spanned 16 seasons.
A back injury ended his season a little early as he was placed on injured reserve in December. The Cowboys might have taken him back this coming season.
"Like I told (coach) Jason (Garrett) when I hurt my back, 'I'm no longer someone you can count on health-wise.' I felt it was time,” Kitna said.
The hope here is he can be a positive influence on youth for years and seasons to come.
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