Return For Kitna Miraculous

Jon Kitna, the Detroit Lions' quarterback, returned to Sunday's 20-17 overtime victory over the Minnesota Vikings after having been knocked unconscious and diagnosed with a concussion. Kitna is thanking God for his return to the game and citing it as a miracle.

"You guys will probably snicker and laugh and have a good time with this, but it was a miracle. That's really what it is," Kitna told reporters on Monday. "You can call it whatever it is, whatever the official diagnosis of it was, but I've never felt anything like that and for it to clear up and go right back to as normal as I can be, it's nothing short of a miracle in my life. I definitely feel the hand of God, that's all it was.  You can't explain it, you can't talk about it, I have no headache, I have no symptoms, no lingering effects. That's the worst my head has ever felt and the worst my memory ever was in the second quarter yet, after halftime, there was nothing. It's nothing short of a miracle, and you can take that as you wish."

There is no doubt that Kitna, as most NFL players, is incredibly tough. The praising of a deity though seems like a bit much. It looks to me like Kitna is doing something a Detroit Lions' leader should have done a long time ago and that is to set a good example for the young guys. The Lions have been ridiculed for years and written off as a terrible team.  Even when I was in high school, there was a running joke that when we would lose a few games in a row, the coach was going to call in the Lions to help us boost morale.

Lions' head coach Rod Marinelli has said that one cannot be a leader unless they have a group of followers, and Kitna fully understood there was a small group of Lions last year who had no intention of being led anywhere positive. Kitna has taken stock in the power of positive thinking and is doing a great job of leading by example. If this helps to rally guys behind him, then excellent!  More power to him!

By T. Lloyd,
September 19, 2007