Teacher-Turned-NFL Quarterback Will Donate Game Check To His School

‘Tis the season for giving back.

1. Whether he plays this Sunday or not, Dallas Cowboys backup QB Jon Kitna is already a hero to the students he teaches and coaches at a Tacoma, Wash., high school.

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2. Kitna played 15 seasons in the NFL but has been a math teacher and football coach for the past two years — until yesterday, when Tony Romo’s back injury forced the team to bring Kitna on as a backup for this Sunday’s game.

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3. And Kitna, who’s on Christmas break, says he will donate his $53,000 game check back to his current employer, Tacoma’s Lincoln High School.

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4. So whether or not he gets to throw any TD passes to Dez Bryant on Sunday — in a game that will decide the NFC East champion — Kitna has already proven he’s a winner.

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5. (But honestly, a few TD passes would be pretty amazing.)

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