Having passed on David Carr, Jeff George, Jim Plunkett and Y.A. Title as insurance against Kyle Orton getting hurt (or sucking) during Sunday’s winner-take-all (well, the NFC East) clash with Philadelphia, the Cowboys today signed 16 year NFL vet Jon Kitna. Whether the former Dallas backup will do more than hold a clipboard in 3 days time is unclear, but this October 31, 2007 CSTB item (“Detroit’s Kitna : Funnier Than Linklater’s ‘Fast Food Nation’”) reveals a QB that if nothing else, was a stickler for details.
The Detroit Free Press’ Carlos Monarrez on Jon Kitna’s contribution to the locker-room-culture debate.
Lions quarterback Jon Kitna said his choice to dress up at a Halloween party like assistant coach Joe Cullen was intended as a good-natured send up and part of the ribbing that is common in NFL locker rooms.
Kitna, a notorious prankster, said he merely was trying to win a costume contest at charity party in Plymouth held by receiver Mike Furrey on Monday. Kitna came dressed in a naked costume as Cullen, who was arrested and charged in the summer of 2006 with obscene conduct and drunken driving in separate incidents in Dearborn.
“People who understand an NFL locker room understand that when guys do things we joke with each other a lot,” Kitna said. “Now, would I have done it last year? No. I think it would have been too close to when the situation happened.”
Monarrez’ killjoy colleague Drew Sharp, though hardly amused (“Kitna crossed the line this time and owes Cullen an apology, if for nothing else but for pushing that embarrassing evening back to the forefront of local consciousness”) is quick to point out the Lions have a history of hot Halloween getups.
Scott Mitchell made headlines 10 years ago when he appeared at a team party masquerading as Wayne Fontes. Mitchell was in full Big Buck regalia. He had a cigar protruding from his mouth as well as some padded girth protruding from his belt. The coup de grace was the Mickey Mouse ears.