After fifteen years of playing quarterback in the NFL, Jon Kitna had informed his current team [Dallas Cowboys] early January that it was time for him to throw in the towel and retire from the sport of American football.
The quarterback, who signed with the Seattle Seahawks in 1996 managed to play for three other NFL franchises [Bengals, Lions, and Cowboys] before finally closing the last chapter of his NFL career.
Jon Kitna was the understudy to Hall of Fame quarterback, Warren Moon in Seattle. Kitna then started for the Bengals for four years [2001-2005] before becoming a mentor to upcoming star QB, Carson Palmer out of USC. Jon Kitna went on to play for the Lions and the Cowboys for two years, with Dallas being his last stop.
At the beginning, Jon Kitna never really had intentions of playing in the NFL. Coming out of Central Washington University, despite being a successful quarterback, Kitna’s primary focus was his career in education. Kitna majored in Math and had the goal of one day becoming a teacher.
Jon Kitna was so serious about being an educator that he had actually applied for his first teaching position before even committing and signing with an NFL team.
Who would’ve known? A respected professional NFL quarterback who played with some of the strongest men in the gridiron is now in a classroom educating children at Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Washington.
Not only is Jon Kitna teaching now, he has also been given the opportunity to mentor young children through workouts in the weight room. For Jon Kitna, teaching and coaching in the same school he once attended is a true accomplishment in its own right.
There are not too many NFL players that could literally say they had a stronger passion for something else other than football. Jon Kitna can now embrace this thought as his actions spoke louder than words when he made his initial dream come true.
Jon Kitna’s years of playing football might be complete, but his teaching career has just begun.
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