After a 15-year career in the NFL which saw him serve both in a backup capacity and as a starter, former Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback Jon Kitna retired following the 2011 season.
Now, he's been announced as the new head football coach at Tacoma's Lincoln High School, his alma mater. Kitna played for the Seattle Seahawks, the Cincinnati Bengals and Detroit Lions before coming to Dallas for a couple of years to close out his career. He finished his career with 29,745 passing yards and 169 touchdown passes.
Now, he'll teach math and be the head coach of the Abes (oddest mascot ever?), who he says can end up being a Washington state and national football powerhouse.
Kitna played in 10 games in 2010 for the Cowboys when he totaled 2,365 yards and 16 touchdowns while completing nearly 66 percent of his pass attempts.
It seems like a general rule that backup players end up being better coaches than star players, so Kitna has that going for him. It'll be interesting to see if he parlays high school success into a college or NFL job in the future.