Head Coach of the Waxahachie Indians
Jon Kitna hails from Tacoma, Washington and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1991. He lettered in baseball, basketball, and football. Jon attended and graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in Math Education. As quarterback during his senior year, He led the Wildcats to the 1995 NAIA National Football Championship. He was selected as an All-America NAIA First Team selection (1995).
NFL Experience: Barcelona Dragons (1997), Seattle Seahawks (1997-2000), Cincinnati Bengals (2001-2005), Detroit Lions (2006-2008), Dallas Cowboys (2009-2012)
Career Highlights: • Moved into 8th place for recording the most passing yards by a Detroit Lions quarterback (2008)• First Lions quarterback to pass for 4,000 yards in back-to-back seasons (2007)• Completed a pass that tied for the 8th longest play from the line of scrimmage (Detroit Lions 2007)• Threw for 200 yards in 15 games, first quarterback to do so since Kurt Warner in 2001 (Detroit Lions, 2006)• Set Detroit franchise record for most completions (372) and attempts (596) – (2006)• Completed more passes than any other quarterback in the NFL (Detroit Lions, 2006)• NFL Comeback Player of The Year (2003)• Only quarterback in NFL to take every offensive snap, Cincinnati Bengals (2003)• Attempted to pass more times (581) than any other quarterback in Cincinnati Bengals franchise history (2001)• AFC Offensive Player of The Week (12/30/2001)• Set Bengals franchise record for passing yards in back-to-back games (2001)• Led Seahawks to the franchise’s first playoff appearance in more than 10 years (1999)• AFC West Champions, Seattle Seahawks (1999)• AFC Offensive Player of The Month (October, 1999)• Won the “Unsung Hero Award” by the NFL Players Association (1998)• Won NFL Europe World Bowl V (1997)• NFL Europe World Bowl Most Valuable Player (1997)• Runner-Up for World League Most Valuable Player (1997).
Retirement from NFL: Kitna finished his career with the Dallas Cowboys. In his three seasons in Dallas, Kitna played in 13 games, seeing his most extensive action in 2010 as he took over for an injured Tony Romo and started nine-of-10 games. Finished his career starting 124-of-141 games where he completed 2,677-of-4,442 passes for 29,745 yards with 169 touchdowns and 165 interceptions for a 77.4 quarterback rating. At the time of his retirement, Kitna was eighth in attempts (4,442), completions (2,677) and passing yards (29,745), ninth in touchdowns (tied, 169) and 14th in completion percentage (60.3) among active NFL quarterbacks. Kitna finished 32nd in attempts (4,442), 25th in completions (2,677), 36th in passing yards (29,745), 28th in completion percentage (60.3), 55th in touchdowns (169), 43rd in interceptions (165) and 75th in quarterback rating (77.4) all-time among quarterbacks. Jon and his wife Jeni of 18 years have 4 children and served as guardians to 2 boys that are now grown and married.