Ex-Seahawk Jon Kitna shares stories at prayer breakfast

EVERETT — Former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Jon Kitna told his audience on Good Friday morning that if they want to help young people and society, they need to stop talking about it and step up and do it.

Nearly 500 people gathered in the Hansen Conference Center at Comcast Arena in Everett for the 53rd annual Community Prayer Breakfast sponsored by the YMCA of Snohomish County and Everett’s Trinity Lutheran College.

Kitna, who now teaches math and coaches football at his alma mater, Lincoln High School in Tacoma, recounted a few stories from his 16 years in the National Football League, playing with the Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys.

The keynote speaker talked about watching the athleticism of such players as Joey Galloway and DeMarcus Ware.

“I got to see some amazing athletic feats when I played football,” Kitna said. “It wasn’t physically normal, these people were complete freaks.”

As much as he enjoys talking about football, Kitna said he can’t wait to tell people about Jesus Christ.

“Because of the radical work of Jesus, my world was turned upside down,” Kitna said. “I love to talk about Jesus in my life.”

Kitna graduated from Central Washington University in 1996 with a degree in secondary math education, intending to teach and coach. He never expected to play professional football, so it was good to get back to Tacoma to help students at Lincoln High, where about 75 percent of students come from families that exist below the poverty level.

That was the plan all along. The calling from God.

Kitna told his audience that one of the common threads among the millions of teens nationwide who won’t graduate from high school and who get into drugs and gang violence is that they don’t have fathers at home.

“Maybe you raised your children and they are doing well,” Kitna said. “That’s great, but consider finding somebody who doesn’t have a dad and make a difference for them.”

He encouraged people to ACT, as in abide, confess and teach. Abide in Christ and follow God’s plan. Confess your stumbles and falls to friends who walk along side you. Teach and train young people.

“Right now society is out of control,” Kitna said. “We need men who are willing to step up and have an impact.”

During the breakfast, longtime organizer Lorrie Hermanson from the YMCA was recognized for her work to put on the event. The Trinity Lutheran College chamber choir performed.

Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427; gfiege@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

Police presence returns to Edmonds School District

Jacob Hubby is set to walk the halls of Meadowdale High School as a school resource officer.

Mukilteo crabber missing; his boat was found at Hat Island

Frank Urbick set out Thursday morning but did not return.

Police looking for leads in case of missing Snohomish man

Henry John Groeneveld, 63, was last seen on Monday, when he said something about going to “the river.”

Separate Everett fires send man to hospital, damage boat

The man was hospitalized for smoke inhalation from the early morning fire.

Suspected escort charged with felony assault, robbery

She allegedly told police she shot the man in the head “because he was performing (a sex act) wrong.”

Lives were on the line

After an estimated 350K emergency calls over 35 years, dispatcher Steve Williams is set to retire.

Celebrating the origins of Christmas

LDS church holds annual nativity festival featuring more than 600 sets.

Drive-by shooting reported in Marysville neighborhood

Police said there was no evidence to indicate it was targeted at a specific person or property.

Trooper’s car struck when he was arresting man for DUI

She drove away but was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence and hit-and-run.

Most Read