Santa Kitna: New Cowboys QB giving a Texas-sized gift (Buzzy Says: I guess if this wont get any comments we are going brain dead)


Andre Vergara

FOX Sports

DEC 26, 2013 3:08a ET


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Jon Kitna, who last played for Dallas in 2011, is coming out of retirement.



Just call him Santa Kitna.

Jon Kitna, who came out of retirement this week to rejoin the Dallas Cowboys as an emergency backup QB, was teaching math and coaching football at a high school when opportunity came knocking. And now that he’s back in the league, he hasn’t forgotten where he came from.

Kitna’s donating his entire $53,000 game check from Sunday’s game against the Eagles to Lincoln High in his native Tacoma, Wash., the Dallas Morning News reported. And if the Cowboys win and make the playoffs, who knows how big that donation could be.

Kitna, 41, hasn’t played since backing up Tony Romo for three games in 2011. But Cowboys coach Jason Garrett signed him after just a phone call, over three other QBs he worked out, because Kitna knows the offense and started 124 games in his NFL career.

“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 told the DMN on Wednesday. “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.”

Kitna likely will be backing up Kyle Orton, with Romo nursing a herniated disk in his back.

 Buzzy Says: I guess this is another pass.

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17 Responses to “Santa Kitna: New Cowboys QB giving a Texas-sized gift (Buzzy Says: I guess if this wont get any comments we are going brain dead)”

  1. tawk2 says:

    Thanks for posting Buzzy, sorry been busy with our daughter putting together toys, etc.

    This is great that this quarterback is donating his game check to his high school. Too me it’s also an insult to Tim, not being looked at yet again for a quarterback position. But I enjoyed reading this story. I hope you had a great Christmas!

    • Sage says:

      From what I hear, Jerry Jones has discovered that personal publicity is just as fun (for him) as winning.

      Hiring Tim would thus be the opposite of fun for JJ, because Tim is a publicity magnate.

    • ck says:

      Tawk2: Glad to hear you had a Merry Chrsitmas and,like you, have not been able to post due to all the activities, etc.


      • Brandi says:

        You’ve heard me say this before. NFL Media isn’t just the worst in all of Sports. It’s worse than all other combined. It’s entirely about Entertainment. Springer SportsVision. Not entirely their fault. NFL Fans generally don’t care. They talk about the problems the League faces that could spell the end of its existence in a decade? NFL Fans change the channel. Fans complain incessantly about how sloppy Play has become? The answer is right there in the Off-Season and Practice Restrictions in the Collective Bargaining Agreement and can be readily remedied. But griping gets ratings; while fixing Football is a dud.

        The way the league actually runs gets almost no coverage, because NFL Fans couldn’t care less. That the issues they don’t care about are at the route of most of the things they grumble about doesn’t matter to most NFL Fans. Is it laziness? Total disinterest in having to think more than 15 seconds at a time? Or just really love having excuses to complain?

        You make the call. 🙂

        • ck says:

          Brandi: All of the above; i.e., lazy/disinterest/lack of attention span for 15 seconds and most of all the disease all over the country which is APATHY!!!

          • Brandi says:

            I guess I’ll be happy it hasn’t taken over Baseball the way it’s taken over NFL Fandom. Ozzie Guillen offends Cuban-Americans, almost 10,000 Marlins Fans who had already bought their Season Tickets put them in a drawer. They refused to even sell them to get some of their money back. They turned off their TVs and Radios. Then Loria guts the Team while marlins Park still had that new Stadium smell and they turned on him with everything they had, forcing the Marlins to literally have to give Tickets away for free to get anyone there.

            NFL Fans in still far too large a number, will complain and do nothing else. That’s not being a Fan. That’s being sheep.

          • ck says:

            Brandi: How about the Jags giving away free beer…now that was pathetic!

          • Brandi says:

            I didn’t have a huge problem with the effort. But within the backdrop of arrogantly pushing Fans away, it came off as pathetic and was largely received that way. It was akin to Jeffrey Loria’s saying Marlins Fans actually liked his gutting the Team and then having to give away tens of thousands of Tickets to have anybody show up.

            Mark Lamping has a tough job. He has to sell a Team his GM and Owner are working overtime to make unappealing. And because of the ludicrous structure of many NFL Franchises, including the Jaguars, the GM who is actively running Fans off and offending them isn’t held accountable for empty seats.

            Until General Managers are actually General Managers this kind of junk will continue. Sports Fans have bought into an absolutely stupid structure so everyone can pretend the Teams aren’t Businesses.

  2. jason says:

    Does tebow know the cowboys offense. Kitna does. Everyone around the league feels the offense has to completely change for tebow to play QB. They aren’t gonna do that at this point in the season. Tebow changing his skill set is the best way for him to get another shot which maybe he has this season.
    He doesn’t adapt then he isn’t gonna play.

    • Brandi says:

      Signing Tim Tebow is going to be an Owner’s decision. Not a Coach’s or GMs. Folks can come up with a thousand “explanations” if they want. But the Dolphins said out loud what other teams said on the QT. Tim Tebow is “too popular to sign”.

      That is…from a GM’s perspective and from the perspective of many Coaches. From the perspective of an Owner, it’s making a Business Decision. Tim makes a Franchise instantly successful. Does he do the same for a Team? NOBODY knows the answer to that and anyone who says they do is lying. It’s the same answer for virtually every Quarterback. When the Broncos brought in Peyton Manning, they did not know. Elway hoped. To some extent, it worked. From the perspective of bringing a Championship to Denver, so far, who knows?

      Matt Cassell was wildly successful in New England and fizzled afterwards. Matt Flynn had one whopper of a Game with the Packers and can’t stay on the Field. Josh Freeman was destined to be an “elite” or just below. We know what happened there. Tony Romo is supposed to be already in that Category. But he’s had only tepid success in making the Cowboys a Winner. Same with Phillip Rivers, Jay Cutler…the list goes on and on.

      The League is changing the dominant style of Play. Some say “No, it ain’t so.”. They said the very same thing when the style that’s dominated the last 20 years was coming into the League. Same denials. Same excuses. And same arrogant attitude about it all. That transition to the Holy Pocket took a decade. This transition to demythologizing the Pocket will take less. The NFL is the same League it’s always been. It swings and swings back. Coaches and GMs fight those changes; but it never matters. They happen anyway or those fighting it get replaced.

      The Owners know this. Many of them have lived through it all before. They have their own reasons to be nervous about Player Popularity that go back to before Free Agency…even the inane “Plan B”. But they’ve never had a Player as Popular as Tim Tebow and no reason to believe they ever will again. Hard to keep that out of the Stadiums. If Tim’s back in the NFL, it’ll have nothing to do with whether his Game has “improved”. It’ll have to do with an Owner deciding a Good Draw is a terrible thing to waste.

      • ck says:

        Brandi: I like how you deflate the false statements with actual FACTS! GREAT JOB AS IN ******(6 star ratings)!!:D
        And hope you had a Merry Christmas as well!!!

    • Sam says:

      You are right about the offense change. Tim don’t know the teams offense and there isn’t time anymore to learn this season. So for me it makes sence that they take someone who knows a good part of the playbook, even if he is 41 years old and retired. He is still in good shape as stated.

      I am sure that Tim will get a shot next season. He works hard on his passing game so there is no doubr in my mind that someone will pick him up!

  3. Jack says:

    Too bad about Romo.I would have liked to see Tebow get a shot at quarterback.

  4. ck says:

    Buzzy: Not too worry…we are back! Hope you had a Merry Christmas also!!!
    Thanks for always being there w/news!!! God bless!!

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