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Former Bengals Quarterback Jon Kitna Takes On The Next Challenge In His Life

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Quarterback Jon Kitna spent five seasons in Cincinnati, three of them as the team's starting quarterback from 2001-2003. And during those three seasons as the team's starter, he generated over 3,000 yards passing in each season and at least a 62.2 completion percentage in two of those three years. However Kitna's time in Cincinnati is probably most remembered for being a mentor to Carson Palmer from 2003-2005.

Now the former Bengals quarterback is taking on his next challenge in his life, as a head coach and an algebra teacher at Lincoln High School in Washington.

"It's incredible. The right door opened," Kitna said between services Sunday morning at Fielder Road Baptist Church, where he preached and gave a personal testimony.

It was his first public appearance since informing the Cowboys of his decision to retire two weeks ago.

"I am beyond excited," Kitna said. "It was the perfect opportunity. The coach wanted to move into the athletic director's role and called and asked me if I was interested."

Kitna announced his retirement earlier this month, after 16 years in the NFL and the last three seasons as the Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback. In his career Kitna registered 29,745 yards passing, a 60.3 completion percentage and 169 touchdowns.