Sunday, November 21, 2010
Roger Staubach, make room for Jon Kitna
By Tim MacMahon
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jon Kitna’s name won’t come up in conversations about the best running quarterbacks in NFL history, but he matched one of Roger “The Dodger” Staubach’s records.
Kitna’s 29-yard bootleg to seal Sunday’s win over the Lions tied Staubach’s franchise record for the longest touchdown run by a quarterback. Staubach had a 29-yard touchdown run against the Redskins exactly 39 years before Kitna turned the left corner and cruised untouched into the end zone.
It only seems like it’s been that long since Kitna’s last touchdown run. He had a couple as the Lions’ starter in 2006.
“Was it 29 yards?” Roy Williams said. “It took forever.”
Kitna didn’t mind his teammates poking fun at him. But he claims that he wasn’t surprised that he scored on the play.
“With the defense they were running and the way we designed it, there were pretty high odds,” Kitna said. “Not because I could do anything special, but because they probably weren’t going to have anybody over there, just like they didn’t. Then you get an extra bonus with the fact that Doug Free’s guy ran over to block the running back, so he was able to go block the safety.
“I would have liked to have seen what would have happened if I was one-on-one with the safety.”