A Washington state math teacher will be suiting up for the Cowboys on Sunday—and he won't make a dime off the experience. News broke yesterday that Dallas would be bringing on former backup quarterback Jon Kitna for the game, and as if that in itself weren't a feel-good story, the Dallas Morning News reports that the 41-year-old will donate his entire $53,000 paycheck for the experience to the Tacoma high school where he teaches math and coaches football.
When Kitna heard that Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was suffering from a herniated disk—the same injury that forced Kitna to retire after the 2011 season—he texted coach Jason Garrett and offered his services. Garrett took Kitna up on the offer without a tryout thanks to his knowledge of the Cowboys' offense. "He's a mentally tough guy … and he's certainly very young at heart," Garrett says. Kitna will man the scout squad against backup Kyle Orton in practice—much as he does for the Lincoln High School Abes.