Jon Kitna to give paycheque from Dallas Cowboys to school

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Jon Kitna (R) throws in the second quarter against the New York Giants...

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Jon Kitna (R) throws in the second quarter against the New York Giants during their NFL football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey in this 2010 file photo. (REUTERS)

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Jon Kitna will donate his game cheque from Sunday night's NFC East showdown between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles to the high school where he serves as a math teacher and football coach.

The Cowboys signed the 41-year-old Kitna out of retirement on Wednesday to serve as a backup in case starter Tony Romo is unable to play because of a back injury and reserve Kyle Orton steps into a primary role.

Kitna's paycheque  will be approximately $53,000 for a week of work, which comes during a winter break from classes at Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Wash. Kitna spoke Thursday with Cowboys play-by-play announcer Brad Sham about the gift to the school.

Kitna spent 14 years in the NFL as a quarterback. He started for the Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals and Detroit Lions along the way. During his final three seasons, he served as a backup to Romo.

The Cowboys still are not sure whether Romo will play and Kitna will be needed on Sunday evening against the Eagles in a game that will determine the NFC East champion. Romo is still dealing with pain from a back injury and did not practice on Thursday while receiving treatment.

"Continuing to go through the process with Tony," Garrett told reporters. "Just see how he feels every day waking up and evaluate him and treat him and see how he responds to it as much as anything else."

 


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