Jon Kitna will temporarily be serving as the cowboys’ third-string quarterback and plans to donate his week’s salary to the high school where he coaches football.
Kitna’s salary for the week will total $53,000 and he announced his plans Wednesday to donate it to Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Washington.
Kitna retired after the cowboys’ 2011 season following his 15 years in the NFL. Upon hearing of Tony Romo’s back injury he texted Cowboys coach Jason Garrett.
“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.
He will act as Kyle Orton’s backup on Sunday’s match against the Philadelphia Eagles in case Romo is unable to play.
Garrett says, “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.”