HE HAS toiled in
NFL Europe, spent nearly two years on the Bengals' bench and last season went
three-up, 13-down in Detroit. But take a look at 6'2", 220-pound
quarterback Jon Kitna now. At 35 he has been reborn in the NFL, leading the
6--2 Lions to their best start in eight years, flaunting a 94.3 passer rating
after Sunday's 44--7 whupping of the Broncos—and doing it all with a wink and a
On he and wife
Jennifer dressing for Halloween as a nude man and a fast-food drive-through
attendant, a reference to last year's indecency episode with Lions assistant
coach Joe Cullen
It was a celebration of how far [ Cullen] has come in a year. If I thought he
was still struggling with it, I wouldn't have done it. We like to have fun in
our locker room, and afterward, Coach's first question was, "Did you win
the costume contest?" But Roy Williams won. He was some sort of
Why he insisted on
wearing this hat in his Players picture
I had a religious conversion in the mid-1990s. People tell me you can't mix
sports and your faith, and blah, blah, blah.... I'm not going to stop. My
authority is Jesus Christ, and he tells me in Matthew 28 to go throughout the
land and preach the gospel. That is my job.
The Lions gaudy
The team needs to understand that 6--2 is just a good start. Nothing more. When
I was younger I would have been a lot more excited.
On having absorbed
an NFL-high 33 sacks, and the single-season record of 76
I'm definitely not thinking about that.
On life after
I have a degree in math education [from Central Washington], and my wife is a
high school special-ed teacher. We have an awesome opportunity to have an
impact on kids' lives. I want to go back and teach at my high school in Tacoma,
On overcoming a
concussion to lead an OT win over the Vikings in Week 2
When it happened [on a second-quarter hit], I couldn't remember anything. I
couldn't have told you who we played the week before. It was as bad as I have
experienced. Then at halftime I started to come back mentally, so [from the
sideline] I tried to get every play call that went in and I played the game in
my mind. Within an hour I had no symptoms of a concussion, the doctors cleared
me, and in the fourth quarter I went in.
On media critics
who say he returned to that game too quickly
They're right. I was questioning it myself—I've got a family of four. But the
reality is, in the third quarter I had no symptoms. That, to me, is a miracle.
People want miracles to be a paralyzed person walking or a blind person seeing,
but there are miracles around us every day.
On the many
occasions when the Lions have gone without miracles
You build character through perseverance. We've gone through a lot of tough
times here. That's what makes you a real man. It makes winning that much more