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New Dallas Cowboys Backup Quarterback Donating NFL Salary to High School

By Bryan Toporek — December 27, 2013 1 min read

An injury to the Dallas Cowboys’ starting quarterback opened the door this week for a high school math teacher to temporarily make his way back into the NFL.

Not only that, but he’ll be donating the salary he earns this week back to his school, according to multiple reports.

Tony Romo, the Cowboys’ starting QB, reportedly has a herniated disc in his back, per ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, leaving his status for Sunday’s clash against the Philadelphia Eagles for the NFC East title in jeopardy. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday that Romo was done for the year, but the Cowboys still appear to be holding out hope for a miraculous comeback.

Kyle Orton, who would play in Romo’s place if he’s unable to go, was the only other quarterback on Dallas’ roster as of Monday evening. On Tuesday, the Cowboys brought a handful of QBs to try out before deciding to sign 41-year-old Jon Kitna as their third-string quarterback.


Kitna last played in the NFL with Dallas back in 2011. Since retiring, he started teaching math and coaching football at Lincoln High School in his native Tacoma, Wash., per

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.