Blog Entry

After 15 seasons, Jon Kitna to retire

Posted on: January 12, 2012 4:27 pm
J. Kitna will retire (US Presswire).By Josh Katzowitz

Though it comes as no surprise, backup quarterback Jon Kitna has told the Cowboys he will retire, according to Rapid Reporter Nick Eatman.

As Eatman writes, “Before the season, Kitna expected this to be his last and a back injury that forced him out for six weeks only strengthened his decision.”

Kitna had a solid career, becoming a full-time NFL starter with the Seahawks in 1999 and keeping that same position with the Bengals until Carson Palmer was ready to emerge before the 2004 season (Kitna actually won the NFL comeback player of the year award in 2003 as Palmer backed him up during his rookie season). After backing up Palmer for two years, Kitna went to the Lions and earned the No. 1 spot on the depth chart for another two years.

Eventually, he moved on to the Cowboys to be Tony Romo’s understudy and actually started nine games last season, leading the team to a 4-5 mark.

Although Kitna’s starting record is less than impressive (50-74), he finishes his career by completing 60.1 percent of his passes for 29,745 yards and more touchdowns (169) than interceptions (165).

Throughout most of his career, Kitna was seen as a clubhouse good-guy, somebody who could share his knowledge with anybody who asked. As he got older, he tried to be a role model for his younger teammates.

"When we run on Mondays after games, a lot of the veterans get to do half the running of a lot of the younger guys. Guys like myself, who don't play a lot or haven't played, do a little extra running," Kitna said this season, via the Dallas Morning News. "After that was over, I had a conversation with them, just saying, 'You have to be ready when your opportunity comes.' A lot of those guys came into the league the same way I did -- late-round draft picks or weren't drafted -- and you can get settled into your role sometimes. My message to them was, 'Don't settle into a role, because you might only get one opportunity. Not only might that be your only opportunity individually, but that's the opportunity that might be the difference between us winning and losing, so you've got to be ready.'"

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnNFL on Twitter, Like Us on Facebook, subscribe to our NFL newsletter, and while you're add it, add our RSS Feed.

Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2012 6:49 pm

After 15 seasons, Jon Kitna to retire

Kitna has always seemed like an all around decent guy. I thought he showed a lot of class under duress in Detroit.

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2012 6:39 pm

After 15 seasons, Jon Kitna to retire

I love all the shots vs. Kitna.  How many of you have started an NFL game, or even played in one.  Jon Kitna made the best of what was thrown at him.  I respect that.  I hate the Cowboys in general, but not Kitna.  And a 60% completion rate ain't all that bad.  Plus he won 50 more NFL games than most on this broad.

Wish I could say I spent my last 15 years in the NFL or could say I was in the NFL 1 year 15 years ago!   Solid career, Jon

Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2012 1:19 pm

After 15 seasons, Jon Kitna to retire

I had the pleasure of seeing him when he spent time over in NFL Europe,with Barecelona if I'm not mistaken. I remember him picking the Claymore apart on a very wet Sunday afternoon in Scotland.

Good Luck Jon, and thanks for the memories. A good, solid, hard working pro is a rarety in this day and age!

Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:02 pm

After 15 seasons, Jon Kitna to retire

Some say Kitna had a great career..I'd have to object to that. Great is not what he had, but a career yes, a career with no bad press except maybe completion % but in these days that's not to shabby. 15 Seasons with a 50 - 74 record that alone is mind-boggling but got to give it to him...Wish I had a track record of being at 1 career for 15 years.

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 10:23 am

After 15 seasons, Jon Kitna to retire

Islanders still in the NHL?

Nice arena!!   Bahahahahahaha!!  *DUMP*

Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2012 9:57 am

After 15 seasons, Jon Kitna to retire

All the cheap shots here notwithstanding, Kitna had a good if not great career. He also wore his religion on his sleeve and was respected for it. His 2003 season in Cincy landed him the Pro Bowl.  Good luck in retirement, Jon.

Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2012 9:38 am

After 15 seasons, Jon Kitna to retire

ahh Kitna, the QB who guarenteed a 10 win season with the Lions.....howd that work out anyways???

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:23 pm

Cowboys Org Goes into Panic mode!

What'll they do NOW??!!??

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:59 pm

After 15 seasons, Jon Kitna to retire

Maybe he will come out of retirement and play for the Jets next season.......they need a QB?Laughing

Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:53 pm

After 15 seasons, Jon Kitna to retire

Wow thought Kitna retired years ago !

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or