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Jon Kitna to donate Cowboys salary to high school

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Jon Kitna, 41, has a reputation of being incredibly committed and generous.

His generosity will be helping Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Washington where he is the head coach of the football team and teaches algebra.

It's not the size of Kitna's paycheck that's impressing fans. It's the size of his heart and his plans for the paycheck.

The emergency quarterback to Tony Romo and Kyle Orton is earning more than his current teacher's salary to possibly play one game for the Dallas Cowboys.

He plans to donate his $53,000 check to the high school where he works.

"One thing we committed to this year for our booster program was the first $25,000 we raised we were going to use on protein for the young men," said Kitna in a locker room interview.

As news of his generous gesture spread on social media, Cowboys fans were quick to react.

"When him as a teacher is making $49,000 a year to give away more than that as a game check is amazing to do that to help kids out and help the school out," said Mark Franklin.

"It brings to light, not all players are what you think, there are a lot of good NFL players out there," said Cowboys fan Chuck Darling.

Longtime sports talk show radio host Norm Hitzges said this donation doesn't surprise him one bit.

"He's got a reputation in life, not just in football, of being this kind of person," said Hitzges.

Kitna's a man who, even if he doesn't play on Sunday, is still a winner in the eyes of many Cowboys Fans.

"Now you want to see him play a little bit and throw that amazing touchdown to make them go to the playoffs," said Franklin.

Kitna expects this donation to go a long way since 85% of the student population at Lincoln High School is under the poverty line.

His team has done pretty well since he took over coaching duties. It finished 8-2 this season. That's up from 5-5 last year.

His starting quarterback is his son, Jordan.

Tony Romo and/or Kyle Orton and/or Jon Kitna will play Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles. The winner gets the NFC title.

Kitna appeared in three games for the Cowboys in 2011 and has started 124 games overall for Seattle, Cincinnati, Detroit and Dallas.

He retired from the NFL in 2011.

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