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Sep.
9th

Lincoln community reaps benefits of Kitna’s life lessons


Lincoln High School football coach Jon Kitna discusses a play with the team before heading out to their first game against Bonney Lake Sept 1. Lincoln won the game 34-27. (LUI KIT WONG/Staff photographer)

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

We needed a good-news sports story. On Friday, News Tribune columnist John McGrath gave us a doozie. (Click here to read it.)

Too often we’ve been disappointed by sports heroes who turned out to have feet of clay. Think of Lance Armstrong’s doping accusations, Tiger Woods’ cheating scandal, and any number of athletes’ use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Former NFL quarterback Jon Kitna is a refreshing contrast. When his 15-season pro football career ended, he chose to give back to the community where he grew up – at a fraction of his NFL salary – and share his gridiron expertise with his alma mater, Tacoma’s Lincoln High School.

Kitna, who was hired in January to coach football and teach math at Lincoln, is imparting other lessons as well, complementing what Principal Pat Erwin is trying to do in the classroom with Lincoln Center. They are character-building life lessons that would serve any young person well, but particularly young men attending school in one of the city’s less affluent neighborhoods, where the lure of gangs is strong, expectations are low and dropout rates are high. Read more »