In my favorite story of the week, the Dallas Cowboys have enlisted the help of one of their former quaterbacks, now a high school math teacher, to be their third string back-up for their game this weekend.
Apparently, the other two quarterbacks are fighting injuries – and there may be need for a third choice.
It’s really an inspiring story, with Kitna saying he will donate the money he gets from playing (or even just sitting on the bench) back to the school he teaches at, according to BleacherReport:
The $53,000 he will be paid for his third-string duties on the team will not go in his pocket, as he announced Thursday that he plans to donate the money to Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Wash., according to the Dallas Morning News‘ Barry Horn.
Kitna has been a football coach and math teacher at Lincoln since retiring from the NFL two years ago following a 15-year playing career. After leading the Abes to an 8-2 record, with his son Jordan as his starting quarterback, the father of four is now making the decision to donate his entire salary to improve the school.
Kitna’s story was already pretty inspiring, as this CBS News report BleacherReport found:
Maybe in the new year, we can all hope to be a little bit like Mr. Kitna.
Never anything big though – and I made either my fiance or my brother-in-law take the fish off the hook because I couldn’t actually touch them.
It would’ve been gross, you know?
Anyway, that fear was apparently not shared with those at the bass fishing tournament this weekend sponsored by the Daily Item to benefit Newspapers in Education. They got right in there and plopped the fish into the weighing bags – grabbing them by the MOUTH.
I had no idea.
I took some Vine videos of the weigh-ins: Here and Here.
Apparently, that is the proper way to grab a fishie to weigh him. Who knew?
Here’s one of photographer Amanda August’s photos from the day. Enjoy.
I’m going to be hard to talk to for the next several days – My body may be here, but my heart is in Williamsport with the Little League World Series, which I fell in love with as a college newspaper intern, covering the news side of the games.
It got me up close and personal with the huge event and started my love for pin collecting.
I wish I could just take 10 days off and go stay there – but I can’t because I have a real life now with responsibilities.
So I am forced to watch the action unfold via social media until I can make my annual pilgrimage there to hunt for pins and have some fun.
The games get underway today – here’s some people tweetin’ it up from the scene:
He’s 17 and from Selisngrove and completed the first run last year as part of his graduation project requirements.
Devon said that he realizes how special and important the Wounded Warrior Project is and he simply wanted to give back. And, he said., if running 24 miles is the best way to do that and draw attention to the cause, he will continue to do that.
Devon was also joined by about 5 friends and family members, including his father. All of them should be commended for their efforts to run and raise money for a good cause.
Here’s the group celebrating at the end of the run, which finished up at Knoebels in Elysburg: