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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.'"

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Comments

Since: Jul 30, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:23 pm
 

After 15 seasons, Jon Kitna to retire

One of the few cowboys I didnt want to punch in the face, Kitna was a respectable guy and a decent quarterback.  Younger guys could learn a thing or two from him.  Best of luck!



Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:08 pm
 

After 15 seasons, Jon Kitna to retire

I really respect Kitna. He's pretty much the antithesis of the modern NFL bad boy. He works hard, he's not selfish or lazy, and he's always willing to help out other players. Jon played for a no-name NAIA school in Washington state in college, and had to cross the pond to play in Europe in order to get a chance in the NFL after he went undrafted. Great career Jon!



Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:07 pm
 

After 15 seasons, Jon Kitna to retire

C'Ya.



Since: Apr 2, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 7:39 pm
 

After 15 seasons, Jon Kitna to retire

Happy Trails!



Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 7:18 pm
 

After 15 seasons, Jon Kitna to retire

My friend and I were watching the Cowboys randomly last year, and Kitna popped on screen, and we both had the same reaction.  "John Kitna is still ALIVE?  I thought he was dead years ago!"



Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 7:18 pm
 

After 15 seasons, Jon Kitna to retire

Great Player!! When he went into New York last year and beat the Giants, turned around the  Cowboys season abit.That was pretty cool. Great Career.



Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2012 7:14 pm
 

After 15 seasons, Jon Kitna to retire

I always liked Kitna. I didn't think Holmgren treated him very well when Holmgren first came to Seattle. Kudos on a nice career, Jon.



Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 7:12 pm
 

After 15 seasons, Jon Kitna to retire

Great person! Great attitude and work ethic! Worked his way up....from Central Washington - to Europe - to NFL....hate to see you go Jon!



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 6:38 pm
 

After 15 seasons, Jon Kitna to retire

Good luck Jon. It was fun seeing you start when giving the chance! Remember calling his 4000 yard seasons in Detroit... which doesn't seem crazy now given what Calvin Johnson has become, but is crazy when you look at Detroit's record those two seasons: combined 10-22.



Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 6:22 pm
 

After 15 seasons, Jon Kitna to retire

Just think, if he started at a more established winning franchise, his numbers would be more impressive. But alas, he would go down as being remembered wearing a ball cap with a cross on it while speaking at the podium after a game and getting fined by the NFL fashion police. 


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