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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: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 6:13 pm
 

After 15 seasons, Jon Kitna to retire

Seemed like a good guy and did his best on the field. All the best in your retirement.



Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 6:08 pm
 

After 15 seasons, Jon Kitna to retire

Thanks Jon...


Good luck!!



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 5:46 pm
 

After 15 seasons, Jon Kitna to retire

"Ah man this sucks. I had fun saying his name. Kit-na...Kit-na...that is pure gold baby. "  --Glossolalia

Hey,  Herschel Krustovski, how're they hanging, you old fraud? Just a shout out, clown, I've got another set to do in five, four, three...gotta run. 
    
    Your pal in Krist,

        Jackie Mason

P.S. Is this "glossolalia" anything like 'erotolalia'? 'Cause I KNOW you're into that, you old pervert.



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 5:34 pm
 

After 15 seasons, Jon Kitna to retire

Kitna may well have never been more than a "mediocre player," but put his performance into context. He played out both his youth and his prime with the Detroit Lions and the Cincinnati Bengals. Quarterbacking THOSE two bumbling franchises to a nearly .400 winning percentage can fairly be viewed as nothing to be ashamed about. As a Lions fan, I shall long retain a vivid mental picture of Jon Kitna making like an especially detested sparring partner of Iron Mike Tyson. Flat on his back, unable to remember his own name. The man did good; those for whom--and some of those with whom--he played, not so much.



Since: Jan 21, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 5:26 pm
 

After 15 seasons, Jon Kitna to retire

Ah man this sucks. I had fun saying his name. Kit-na...Kit-na...that is pure gold baby.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 5:25 pm
 

After 15 seasons, Jon Kitna to retire

They don't come too much better when it comes to the character of a professional Athlete. THANK GOD we saw no Kitna'ing! We still knew about his faith. Class act. Who would have thought he would have made it in the league this far. Enjoy your retirement. You've earned it.



Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 5:15 pm
 

After 15 seasons, Jon Kitna to retire

Very important for the Cowboys to either draft a qb or sign one via the free agency next year considering the injury history of Tony Romo.



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 5:13 pm
 

After 15 seasons, Jon Kitna to retire

An unheralded guy coming into the league ... nobody can argue that he did not make the most of his opportunities.

Pretty average performance, but still a guy that should be looked up to by younger players who aspire to a long-lasting career.

Kudos Kitna.


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