Thursday, October 04, 2007

Jon Kitna

ESPN The Magazine has a great feature on Detroit Lions' starting quarterback Jon Kitna. The former Seattle Seahawk has led the normally woeful Lions to a surprising 3-1 start.

A couple of the article's highlights, written by David Fleming:

Since he signed a four-year, $11.5 million deal in March 2006, about 20 Lions have given their lives to Christ. Teammates, converted or not, credit Kitna -- and, in part, this religious awakening -- with helping change the previously poisonous attitude in the Lions' locker room. Says [backup QB] Orlovsky, "He is the pulse and the heart and the soul of this team."

Kitna: "My first responsibility to this team is to be a quarterback. But my priority in life is to be a man of God."