By Eric Schmidt

Former Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback Jon Kitna announced his retirement from the NFL after a 16-year season and has now started a new career as a high school algebra teacher and football coach. Kitna has found employment at Lincoln High School in his hometown of Tacoma, Washington.

Kitna went on the injured reserve list on December 15th this season with a back injury and finally realized that his playing days were over. “I told Jason Garrett when I hurt my back, ‘I’m someone you can longer count onhealth wise. I felt it was time’” Kitna told the Star Telegram.

Kitna told the newspaper, “I am beyond excited. It was the perfect opportunity. The coach wanted to move into the athletic director’s role and called and asked me if I was interested”.

Kitna, 39, played 16 seasons starting with the Seattle Seahawks in 1997. He spent four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, three with the Detroit Lions, and the last three of his career with the Dallas Cowboys. He finishes his career with 29,745 yards, 169 touchdowns and 165 interceptions. He passed for over 4,000 yards twice in his career, in 2006 and 2007 while a member of the Detroit Lions.





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