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Jon Kitna biography

Date of birth : 1972-09-21
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Tacoma, Washington
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-10-26
Credited as : Football player NFL, quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl/NFL Draft player

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Jon K. Kitna is the starting American football quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 1996.

PRO: The Dallas Cowboys acquired a veteran backup quarterback to Tony Romo in Jon Kitna when they traded Anthony Henry to Detroit after the 2008 season. Kitna, who is entering his 14th year in the league, has been a quality starter as well as a valuable backup throughout the years. In Dallas, he teams with one of his favorite targets while with the Detroit Lions in wide receiver Roy Williams. Kitna did not see any action during the regular season in 2009 as Romo was the only quarterback on the team to take all snaps. Kitna served as the Lions quarterback for 2006-07 and the first four games of 2008 before landing on Reserve/Injured with a back injury. In his first season as a Lion, he compiled one of the most productive seasons in team history as he set records for completions (372) and attempts (596) and was only the second Lions passer to throw for 4,000 yards in a season. By passing for 4,000 yards again in 2007, he became only one-of-nine passers in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. Prior to joining the Lions, he spent the previous five seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. Kitna was Cincinnati's starting quarterback for three seasons (2001-03) and a backup and mentor for Carson Palmer his final two seasons (2004-05). He originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent for Seattle in 1996 where he led the Seahawks to their first playoff appearance in a decade in 1999, his first full season as a starter. Prior to the 1997 season, he played for the Barcelona Dragons of the World League and led the Dragons to the league title game where he garnered World Bowl MVP honors, completing 23-of-31 passes for 401 yards and two touchdowns in a victory over the Rhein Fire.

# Served as the back-up quarterback for all 16 regular season games and two playoff games.
# Finished the 2009 preseason with a team-high 425 yards on 35-of-55 passes (63.6%) with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

2008 (Detroit):
# Named an offensive team captain for the second consecutive year.
# Played in four games with four starts before a back injury landed him on Reserve/Injured. Was 68-of-120 (56.7%) for 758 yards and five touchdowns.
# Completed 24-of-33 passes for 262 yards, two touchdowns and one interception at Atlanta (9/7) with a 103.3 quarterback rating.
# Was 21-of-41 for 276 yards against Green Bay (9/14) with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Since the beginning of 2006, passed for at least 200 yards in 30 games with Detroit, the most in the league over that 34-game span.
# Made his 36th consecutive start against Chicago (10/5), but could not finish the game after a back injury forced him from the lineup. His 74 passing yards in the game moved him ahead of former Lions quarterback Charlie Batch (9,016) for eighth on Detroit's all-time passing yards list with 9,034.
# Inactive at Minnesota (10/12) due to back injury.
# Placed on Reserve/Injured on Oct. 14.

2007 (Detroit):
# Named a 2007 offensive team captain and started all 16 games for the club. Finished the season 355-of-561 passing (63.3%) for 4,068 yards with 18 touchdowns, 20 interceptions and an 80.9 passer rating.
# Led a Lions offense that finished the season ninth in the NFL in passing.
# Had 28 200-yard passing games since the beginning of 2006, the most in the NFL during that span.
# By eclipsing 4,000 yards for the second consecutive season, became the first Lions quarterback with back-to-back 4,000-yard seasons.
# Against Minnesota (9/16) led the team on its third consecutive game-winning drive in overtime. Completed 13-of-21 attempts (61.9%) with a touchdown and an interception in the first half before being shaken up and taken out of the game in the second quarter. With the score tied and 8:22 remaining in the fourth quarter, returned to the game and went nine-of-12 (75.0%) for 94 yards, putting the team in position to win the game three times. Recorded his first career reception on a batted ball, which he took nine yards upfield.
# Set a single-game franchise record and career-high with 442 passing yards at Philadelphia (9/23). Also the second time in his 11-year career he surpassed 400 yards in a game to become the third player in team history to pass for 400 yards in a game and the first since Batch set a then team record with 436 yards at Arizona (11/8/01).
# His 400-yard outing marked the fifth time he surpassed 300 yards in a single game while with the Lions and tied quarterback Bobby Layne (5, 1950-58) for second on the franchise's all-time list for 300-yard passing games.
# Connected with wide receiver Roy Williams for a 91-yard touchdown pass at Philadelphia (9/23), which tied the seventh-longest in team history and the longest since Batch hit wide receiver Johnnie Morton for a 98-yarder at Chicago (10/4/98). It also tied the eighth-longest play from scrimmage in franchise history and one-of-nine plays (8 pass, 1 rush) ever to go over 90 yards.
# Finished with a passer rating of 137.3, which included 20-of-24 completions (83.3%) for 247 yards and two touchdowns against Chicago (9/30). His 83.3 completion percentage set a single-game best for a game in which he attempted at least 20 passes.
# Ended the day at San Diego (12/16) with 26-of-45 passing for two touchdowns and a career-high tying five interceptions. His 302 passing yards marked his seventh 200-yard outing with the Lions.
# Completed nine-of-16 attempts for 115 yards against Kansas City (12/23). With his first three passing attempts, reached 500 attempts on the year to mark the fifth time in team history a quarterback had thrown 500 passes in a season, and the second consecutive season in which Kitna accomplished the feat.
# Finished the season 22-of-48 passing for 246 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions at Green Bay (12/30) to surpass 4,000 yards for the second-straight season.

2006 (Detroit):
# Finished the season second in attempts (596), fourth in passing yards (4,208), first in completions (372) and ninth in touchdown passes (21) in the NFL along with setting Lions single-season passing records with 596 attempts and 372 completions, while his 62.4 pass completion rate was second and his 21 touchdown passes fourth.
# By throwing for over 4,000 yards on the season, became just the second quarterback in Lions history to accomplish the feat, joining Scott Mitchell (4,338 yards). His 4,208 passing yards, 596 attempts, 372 completions, and 156 rushing yards all set career-highs.
# Also became the first Lions quarterback to rank in the NFL's top-five passing leaders since Mitchell ranked second with 4,338 yards at the end of the 1995 season.
# Took every snap of the 2006 season to become the first quarterback in Lions history to do so in a single season.
# Recorded four 300-yard passing games which were the fourth-most in the NFL. His four 300-yard outings were the most by a Lions passer since Mitchell recorded a franchise-high of five in 1995.
# He completed over 60.0 percent of his passes in 12 of the Lions 16 games.
# Was the only quarterback in the NFL to throw for 200 yards 15 times in 2006, and was the first passer since Rams quarterback Kurt Warner (2001) to record 15 200-yard games in a season.
# In his first start as a Detroit Lion against Seattle (9/10), completed 21-of-37 passes (56.8 percent) for 229 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions with a 75.2 quarterback rating.
# Threw for a season-high 342 yards while completing 25-of-40 (62.5 %) attempts with two touchdowns and one interception against Green Bay (9/24).
# Had a season-high in attempts (43) and completions (29) for 280 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions to finish with a rating of 81.5 at St. Louis (10/1). Finished the first half completing 10 straight passes.
# Was 24-of-36 for 278 yards with one touchdown and one interception against Buffalo (10/15) to win his first game as the quarterback of the Lions.
# Cashed in on a season-best three passing touchdowns to three different receivers while completing 22-of-36 passes (61.1%) for 269 yards and two interceptions at the N.Y. Jets (10/22).
# Surpassed 20,000 passing yards (20,112) for his career after throwing for 269 yards against the Jets.
# Registered his second 300-yard game of the season with 321 yards on 20-of-32 passes, including his season-long pass on a 60-yard touchdown strike to Williams against Atlanta (11/5).
# Registered his third 300-yard passing game of the season with 314 yards at New England (12/3).
# With 294 passing yards against Minnesota (12/10), it gave him 3,484 yards on the season, which tied Mitchell's 1997 total for the second-highest single-season total in Lions history. Also, by surpassing the 200-yard mark, he passed for at least 200 yards in 13 games becoming the only quarterback in the NFL to throw for at least 200 yards in all 13 games at the time.
# Ran for a career-high 34 yards on a career-high tying seven attempts at Green Bay (12/17). Also, with 135 passing yards he set a career-high with 3,619 passing yards for the year, surpassing his previous high of 3,591 yards in 2003 with the Bengals.
# Completed 27-of-45 passes for 283 yards, tied his then season-high total of three touchdown passes and posted his then highest quarterback rating of the season (100.5) against Chicago (12/24). His 100.5 rating was the highest allowed by the Bears defense, which was ranked at the top of the NFC, and it was the only rating of 100.0 allowed by Chicago in 2006.
# Connected on 28-of-42 passes for 306 yards, marking his fourth 300-yard passing outing of the season, with a season-high and career-high tying four touchdown passes and one interception to record a passer rating of 109.8, his highest of the season, at Dallas (12/31).

2005 (Cincinnati):
# Entered his final season with the Bengals as the backup to Carson Palmer.
# Saw his first action of the season in the fourth quarter at Detroit (12/18) and led the offense on a field goal drive with two-of-three completions for six yards and an 11-yard rush.
# Played the final offensive series against Buffalo (12/24) and went two-of-two passing for 17 yards.
# Subbed for Palmer in the second quarter at Kansas City (1/1/06) and went the rest of the way, completing 13-of-24 passes for 76 yards and two interceptions.
# Played 54 of the 56 offensive snaps in the Wild Card Playoff Game against Pittsburgh (1/8/06), entering the game after Palmer suffered a knee injury on Cincinnati's second offensive play. Completed 24-of-40 passes for 197 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

2004 (Cincinnati):
# Spent the majority of the season as the backup until entering Game 13 at New England (12/12) due to a season-ending injury to Palmer.
# Posted a 93.8 passer rating in a relief role against the Patriots, going nine-of-13 for 126 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown pass to Kelley Washington in the fourth quarter.
# In his first start against Buffalo (12/19), completed 16-of-32 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown.
# Led the Bengals to a last-minute victory at the N.Y. Giants (12/26), throwing a four-yard touchdown pass with 0:44 remaining. He completed 20-of-32 for 186 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
# Directed his second straight win in the season finale at Philadelphia (1/2/05), completing 16-of-27 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown against the eventual NFC champions.

2003 (Cincinnati):
# Received Comeback Player of the Year honors from Associated Press and Pro Football Weekly after leading Cincinnati to an NFL-best improvement from 2002 to 2003 (from 2-14 record to 8-8).
# Only NFL quarterback in 2003 to play every offensive snap for his team, and became the first player in Bengals history to throw every one of the team's passes in a season.
# Had a career-high 26 touchdown passes which ranked second in the AFC.
# Had 20 touchdowns and only one interception in the eight Bengals victories.
# Threw 137 straight passes with no interceptions over a span of more than 17 quarters (from 11/9 to 12/7).
# In the victory against Baltimore (10/19), had a then career-long 82-yard touchdown pass to Chad Johnson.
# Posted his third 100-plus passer rating (102.7) of the season in a win against previously unbeaten Kansas City (11/16), including a 77-yard touchdown pass to Peter Warrick in the fourth quarter .
# Tied his career high with four touchdown passes (and no interceptions) in the win at San Diego (11/23).
# Led a dramatic 24-20 comeback win at Pittsburgh (11/30), throwing the game-winning 18-yard touchdown pass with 0:13 remaining.

2002 (Cincinnati):
# After serving as a reserve for the first four games, revived a struggling Bengals offense when he came off the bench to start the final 12 games.
# Had 11 games (combined rushing and passing) of 300-or-more yards as well as six straight 350-yard games (Games 7-12), Cincinnati's longest such streak since 1986.
# Threw for four touchdowns at Houston (11/3) to establish a career-high.
# Rushed for a career-high four touchdowns on the season.
# Finished with an 81.5 completion percentage on 22-of-27 in the win at Houston (11/3) - which was a career-high (minimum 10 passes).
# Led the offense on a pair of fourth quarter touchdown drives to rally Cincinnati from a 13-7 deficit to a 20-13 win against New Orleans (12/22).

2001 (Cincinnati):
# Signed with the Bengals on March 8 as an unrestricted free agent, won the starting job after a preseason competition with Scott Mitchell and went on to start 15 games.
# Set a team record with an NFL-high 581 pass attempts.
# Opened the season winning his first two starts - home wins over New England (9/9) and Baltimore (9/23) - becoming the first Bengals quarterback since Greg Cook in 1969 to accomplish the feat.
# The win over Baltimore ended a 12-game winning streak (including postseason) for the Ravens.
# Threw a franchise-record 68 passes in the overtime win against Pittsburgh (12/30), tying the third-most in NFL history. He finished with 35 completions for 411 yards and two touchdowns and won AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
# With 340 passing yards the following week at Tennessee (1/6/02), set a team record with 751 for passing yards in consecutive games.

2000 (Seattle):
# Began the season as the Seahawks starter (Games 1-5) before being replaced by Damon Huard for three games (Games 6-8). He replaced an injured Huard at Oakland (10/22) and went on to start seven of the final eight games.
# Seahawks were 6-6 in his 12 starts and 0-4 in other games.
# Posted a completion percentage of 62.0 for the season, completing 259-of-418 passes for 2,658 yards, 18 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.
# Led Seattle to a 17-15 victory against San Diego (11/5), throwing two touchdowns.
# Engineered a 27-24 victory over Oakland (12/16), eventual AFC West winner, leading a 50-yard drive in the final minutes for the winning touchdown.

1999 (Seattle):
# Started 15 games and led the Seahawks to the AFC West title with a 9-7 record for the franchise's first playoff berth since 1988.
# Finished third in the AFC with 23 touchdown passes in the regular season.
# Did not play at Chicago (9/19) due to a sprained toe suffered in the season opener against Detroit (9/12).
# Named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for October after guiding the team to a 3-1 record with seven touchdown passes and only two interceptions.
# In Seattle's playoff game against Miami (1/9/00), completed 14-of-30 for 162 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in a 20-17 loss.

1998 (Seattle):
# Called on to start the final five games for the Seahawks after being the third quarterback in 10 of the first 11 games.
# Led Seattle to a 3-2 record over the final five games and earned his team's Unsung Hero award from the NFL Players Association.
# Made his first start against Tennessee (11/29), and earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors, passing for 298 yards and two touchdowns, one interception and leading a fourth quarter drive for the winning field goal.
# Threw touchdown passes of 70 and 57 yards to Joey Galloway in a span of 3:00 in a 32-31 loss at the N.Y. Jets (12/6).
# Rallied the Seahawks to 17 fourth quarter points in a 27-23 win against Indianapolis (12/20).

1997 (Seattle/World League):
# Opened the year with the Barcelona Dragons of the World League.
# Named MVP in the World Bowl championship game, completing 23-of-31 passes for 401 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Rhein Fire.
# Was runner-up for World League MVP honors after leading the league in passes (317), completions (171), yards (2,448), and touchdowns (22) in 10 games.
# Rejoined the Seahawks for the NFL season.
# Had a memorable first NFL start at Oakland (12/14), subbing for injured Warren Moon and leading the second-biggest comeback in franchise history (from a 21-3 deficit to a 22-21 win). Completed 23-of-37 passes for 283 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Had only played three NFL plays prior to starting.

1996 (Seattle):
# Signed by Seattle as an undrafted free agent on April 25.
# Waived on Aug. 19 and signed Aug. 20 to the Seahawks practice squad, where he spent the entire season.

# First-team NAIA All-America choice as a senior at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash.
# Started 14 games and led the Wildcats to the NAIA championship game, completing 364-of-576 passes for 4,616 yards with 42 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
# Finished his career completing 911-of-1,550 passes (58.8%) for 12,353 yards, 99 touchdowns and 59 interceptions in 43 games.
# Had 17 games with over 300 yards passing.
# Threw for nearly twice as many touchdowns (93) as interceptions (47) over his last three seasons.

# Jon Kitna lettered in football, baseball and basketball at Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Wash.
# Graduated from Central Washington with a degree in math education.
# He and his wife, Jennifer, have two sons, Jordan and Jalen, and a daughter, Jada.
# Also is the guardian of two cousins, Chris and Casey.
# He and his wife plan to be high school teachers when he retires from football, Jon teaching math and Jennifer teaching physical education.

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