Chris Mascaro
Thursday December 26th, 2013

Jon Kitna (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Jon Kitna has thrown 169 career TD passes, the last coming in 2011. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The Cowboys signed 41-year-old Jon Kitna out of retirement earlier this week as an insurance policy at quarterback in case Tony Romo isn't able to play on Sunday.

Kitna, who played 15 NFL seasons with four different teams, will earn around $53,000 for his week of work. He said on Christmas morning that he'll donate the check to Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Wash. — where he has taught math and coached football since he retired after the 2011 season — according to Barry Horn of the The Dallas Morning News.

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Lincoln's football team, the Abes, finished 8-2 this season and Kitna's son, Jordan, who is a sophomore, was the team's starting quarterback.

Kitna texted Cowboys coach Jason Garrett on Tuesday telling him he was available should Dallas need another quarterback.

“I told Jason if he wants me or somebody to come in and call a play and be able to pull a play off if a bad situation happened, I would be willing to do that,” Kitna said.

Garrett worked out three other former NFL quarterbacks, but opted to sign Kitna sight unseen.

Kitna went 4-5 as a starter for the Cowboys in 2010 when Romo broke his collarbone. He has 169 career touchdown passes and 165 interceptions. SI WIRE: Chargers rookie WR Keenan Allen considered quitting football

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