Detroit had a lot of faith in Jon Kitna before Sunday. Now the Lions are their quarterback's greatest admirers.
"I wish I had been closer to the play, because I would have loved to take DeAngelo Hall's head off."
-- Lions center Dominic Raiola
When Kitna reacted to a blow to the head by jumping up and going
after an Atlanta Falcon, he finished the process of winning his
"That was huge," said defensive tackle Cory Redding. "He went
after the wrong guy, but that's just temporary insanity. The point
is that he was fighting for himself and for the team. Quarterbacks
always talk about being tough, but he stepped up.
"You don't see that from a lot of quarterbacks. I'd take that guy in my foxhole any time."
The skirmish started late in the third quarter of Detroit's
30-14 victory. The Lions faced third-and-13 on the Falcons 39, and
Kitna scrambled for a 17-yard gain and a key first down.
Kitna jumped up and charged Boley, starting a free-for-all that
involved several players from both teams. Hall was given a 15-yard
penalty for unnecessary roughness.
"I wish I had been closer to the play, because I would have loved to take DeAngelo Hall's head off," said Lions center Dominic Raiola. "I promise that if I see him on the field again, I'll try to take his head off. I don't care if it is 10 or 15 years from now, and we're playing for different teams -- I'll try to get him.
"He's a cheap-shot artist -- he tried to hurt Rudi Johnson last week -- and that was a cheap shot. You don't go after a guy's head."