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Jon Kitna reportedly donating Week 17 salary from Cowboys to his high school

Jon-Kitna-3-Picks-Against-JaguarsThe Dallas Cowboys are heading into their most crucial game of the season with a muddled quarterback situation. Tony Romo is dealing with a back injury that was initially expected to keep him out against the Philadelphia Eagles, but the team is waiting to see how he responds to an injection before making a final decision. In the meantime, Jon Kitna has been signed as insurance behind backup quarterback Kyle Orton.

While the situation remains unclear, one thing we do know is that Kitna will not be making any money for his services. According to the Dallas Morning News, the 41-year-old is donating the $53,000 the Cowboys are paying him to the high school where he has been teaching. Kitna retired after playing for the Cowboys in 2011 and has been teaching math and coaching football ever since.

Kitna said he texted Dallas head coach Jason Garrett when he first heard about Romo’s injury.

“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 said on Christmas Day.

The veteran ran the Cowboys’ scout team offense on Wednesday.

“He said he would run scout team for the high school team and give them a really good look like he gave us great looks when he was here,” Garrett said. “So he’s a very active guy. He’s a mentally tough guy. …  And he’s certainly very young at heart. So it was good to have him back, good to have him back in the meetings, and [I’m] excited to see him practice today.”

In an era where it is all about the money for so many professional athletes, it’s nice to see a player who is basically volunteering his time for the love of the game. A tip of the cap to you, Jon Kitna.

Martellus Bennett Wants Jon Kitna to Have Chance to Compete with Tony Romo

Dallas Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett is used to doing and saying controversial things, so it’s no surprise he’s in the middle of yet another controversy. On ESPN Radio in Dallas Tuesday, Bennett praised backup quarterback Jon Kitna which went hand-in-hand with questioning Tony Romo.

Kitna took over as the team’s starting quarterback after Tony Romo broke his collarbone and they went 4-5 with him running things. Bennett had positive words for Kitna, saying “I loved playing with [him]. Kitna is one of my favorite people to play with. Just being out there on the field with that guy just makes you play even harder. He made some things happen in limited time, so I think if he got a longer chance, he’d be able to do more.”

That sounds like a man vouching for Kitna to have the job.

Bennett also noted that Romo is awesome, but he continued by saying “I hope there’s a chance for a quarterback competition this year. Every position, I think we need to put more competition into it.” That right there makes his words sound much better.

If Martellus is just vouching for more competition at positions, I’m sure many people can agree. Competition often brings out the best in players, and maybe that’s all Bennett wants. Or maybe he really does think Kitna is the better man for the job. Hard to say, but we do know Martellus has brought up some questions with his words.

Roy Williams Has Faith in Jon Kitna Who Is ‘Just as Good’ as Tony Romo

Roy Williams may have been a bust most of the time he’s been a Dallas Cowboy, but the one area he’s always had success is in making hyperbolic statements. There was this during the off-season, and there was his guarantee in 2006 that the Lions would beat the Bears week two, just for a taste of his confidence. Detroit by the way went 3-13 that year and lost the game 34-7.

With Tony Romo’s broken clavicle injury likely knocking the quarterback out for the year, Jon Kitna will step in and become the team’s starting QB. If Monday night was any indication, it’s going to be a loss-laden season for Dallas and hard times for the offense.

That’s not how Roy sees it.

After the loss, the receiver maintained a positive attitude and expressed confidence in Kitna saying “Tony Romo is our starter but Jon Kitna is just as good. We are going to work this week in practice so we get the timing down with the receivers. But I have complete faith in him. I know how good he is.”

While some people will run and say Williams was smack-talking Tony Romo, that’s not the case.

In the same conversation, Roy also said the Cowboys would still go 11-5 despite being 1-5. Williams is an optimist maintaining confidence as he should. His best (and only Pro Bowl season) came in 2006 with Kitna as his quarterback in Detroit, so there’s nothing wrong with believing in the backup. I say this was much more of Williams expressing confidence in Jon and speaking in hyperbole than a knock on Romo. Don’t get it confused.

Jon Kitna Gets Creative on Halloween

Remember Joe Cullen? He’s the former Lions defensive line coach who got busted for going through a fast food drive through naked. (I empathize with his plight; I enter the kitchen naked when food is on my mind). Anyway, Jon Kitna must have been smoking the same stuff that caused him to pick Detroit to win at least 10 games this year. Check out how he and his wife dressed up for teammate Mike Furrey’s charity Halloween event:

SPORTSbyBROOKS has another must-see version of the pic that shows a little more skin (yeah, you know you can’t get enough of Kitna). Drew Sharp in the Detroit Free Press takes issue with Kitna’s costume choice. I have no problem with it; it’s a creative, hilarious mock-job of an absolutely boneheaded move by a person with a job of great prestige. I give Kitna a 10 for originality and creativity.

Jon Kitna Is Smoking the Good Stuff

See, I just can’t help myself when I read comments like this. Not to discourage the Detroit Lions or anything, but I just don’t have a lot of confidence in them. And this isn’t the first time a Lion got carried away — Roy Williams did it last year — and that’s fine. They should have confidence, they should believe in themselves. But they also need to be realistic. And Jon Kitna is not. He predicted in March that the Lions would win 10 games. Now, he thinks the future is even brighter:

“See, that was 10 games before I saw the schedule, too,” the quarterback told WDFN-AM (1130) this week. “I’ll keep to myself what I think we actually will win. But it’s more than 10 games.”

“I don’t like putting a lot of pressure on people, but Calvin Johnson, to me, will have about the same impact that Reggie Bush had in New Orleans,” Kitna said. “He’s everything that they said he was and more. … I mean he’s 235 (pounds), runs a 4.3 (40-yard dash), he’s got tennis rackets for hands. …”

Tennis rackets for hands? Since when is that a compliment for a receiver? It’s nice to have that type of confidence entering a season, but I’ll skate on the conservative side with my prediction. Smart money says the Lions will win six games this year. But hey, Kitna, more than 10 games? More power to ya, my man.