Friday, January 29, 2010

Kurt Warner call it a career

NFL quarterback Kurt Warner called it a career after 12 seasons on the gridiron. If there was real life movie script it was him. Warner long road to the NFL took him from Arena Football League to NFL Europe along with a grocery stocker job to earn a spot on a NFL team with St. Louis Rams. It was one ACL tear of newly signed Trent Green and vote of confidence from then-coach Dick Vermeil to put him in starting QB spot. Kurt did not disappoint. He showed off his God given talent of throwing for long yardage. In stunning fashion, he wowed the entire league with a magical 1999 season which he led the Rams to a Super Bowl win. It did not end there as his time with the Rams was known as "The Greatest Show on Earth" for their freewheeling offensive juggernaut leading to their second Super Bowl in a losing effort. His "Act 1" curtains closed after six sacks and a concussion in the 2003 season opener. He never returned as Rams starting QB. His "Act 2" started when he signed with New York Giants in 2004 going 5-4 before replaced in midseason for Eli Manning. "Act 2" ended after the season. Then came "Act 3" signing with Arizona Cardinals in 2005. He started on-and-off alongside with Matt Leinart til 2007 when Leinart went out with a broken collarbone. Warner took over reign and, despite going 4-7, he maximized use of the receiving core of Larry Fitzgerald and Anquin Boldin. It became the setup for 2008 season. He beat out Leinart at end off training camp setting off another magical throwing campaign of 4,583 yards and 30 touchdown passes taking NFC West crown with a 9-7 record. He took his team from wild card playoff spot to the NFC champion and all the way to the Super Bowl, a franchise first, before losing out to the Pittsburgh Steelers. This season he lead the Cardinals to another NFC West crown with 10-5 record as starter. In the playoffs his continued his wild passing juggernaut before losing to the New Orleans Saints in his final game of his career. His third and final act ends as the curtains closed on his career ending his real-life movie script. Kurt Warner deserves every accolades given to him. He's not just a two-time NFL MVP. Here's a hard working quarterback that got opportunity to take control and revived two stagnant franchises (Rams and Cardinals) into greater heights of success. Despite going 1-2 in his Super Bowl appearances he threw a total of 1156 total passing yards (average 385 yards). Could any quarterback able produce those numbers on multiple Super Bowl appearances? Away from the field he is known his charitable and generous work along with his wife. Is Kurt Warner a first ballot Hall of Fame? The answer is yes, not for his passing but taking a team's misfortune righting the ship into calm waters. Kurt Warner you will be missed on the field. Good luck!

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