Football Vet Becomes Real-Life Hero. No, Not Tim Tebow: BR5

BR5Daily ShowMay 22, 2012

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Most NFL players who retire luxuriate in the midst of warm weather in the middle of the beach, while sitting back relaxing and thinking about their next vacation.

But Jon Kitna, the former quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks (1997-2000), Cincinnati Bengals (2001-2005), Detroit Lions (2006-2008) and Dallas Cowboys (2009-2011), played in the NFL for 15 seasons and soon after that, he decided to work.

That didn’t last too long. He’s teaching at Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Washington, where he once attended. He arrives to work at 7 a.m. and brings breakfast for those students that need the extra help.

Kitna is now teaching math, coaching football and hosting a homeroom, which he hoped to do when he left college in 1996. He graduated Central Washington University with a degree in math education, and just before his signing an NFL contract he applied for his first teaching job. He went from making $3 million to a teacher-based salary.

This former quarterback is dedicated to helping out his former school and current students. He decided to buy equipment for the weight room—the same weight room that he used to lift weights during his high school years.

Prior to attending Lincoln high school, his parents did as well. So he has plans for his son, Jordan to enroll at Lincoln as a freshman next year, becoming the third generation of Kitnas to attend the school.  

Who knows? Maybe his son Jordan will decide to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a teacher and a football coach.