Kurt Warner
American football quarterback
Kurt Warner
Kurtis Eugene "Kurt" Warner is a former American football player. He played quarterback for three National Football League (NFL) teams: the St. Louis Rams, the New York Giants, and the Arizona Cardinals. He was originally signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 1994 after playing college football at Northern Iowa.
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Tony Romo sweepstakes: Where will the quarterback end up? - NFL.com
Google News - 6 days
Dallas News Tony Romo sweepstakes: Where will the quarterback end up? NFL.com A quarterback who can alter organizational fortunes hits the marketplace once every ... what ... five years? Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and Kurt Warner pretty much cover the last two decades. Sure, you can make a case for Rich Gannon, but no one knew ... Should Chiefs really be considered one of the favorites to land Tony Romo?ESPN (blog) Denver Broncos are Tony Romo's best bet for a Super Bowl ringWashington Post Best and Worst Moves Dallas Cowboys Can Make This OffseasonBleacher Report Fort Worth Star Telegram (blog) -New York Daily News -The Denver Channel -DallasCowboys.com all 123 news articles »
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Tom Brady Now Has More Super Bowl Rings Than Any Other Quarterback
Huffington Post - 22 days
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Canton calls LaDainian Tomlinson, Kurt Warner, Terrell Davis, Jerry Jones, 3 others
ABC News - 23 days
HOUSTON -- Former Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson, a four-time first-team All-Pro selection who rushed for 13,684 yards, was one of five modern-era players voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Joining Tomlinson were two-time MVP quarterback Kurt Warner, longtime Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor, Broncos all-time leading rusher Terrell Davis and five-time All-Pro kicker Morten Andersen. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made the Hall as a contributor, and Kenny Easley, the hard-hitting, versatile safety for the? Seahawks during the 1980s, made it as a seniors committee candidate. The Class of 2017 will be enshrined Aug. 5 in Canton, Ohio. The five modern-era selections were chosen from a list of 15 finalists. A panel of 46 media members and two current Hall of Famers, James Lofton and Dan Fouts, trimmed that list to 10 and then five Saturday. At that point, the remaining five were then. ...
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LaDainian Tomlinson and Kurt Warner Make the Hall of Fame With 5 Others
NYTimes - 23 days
Terrell Davis, Jason Taylor and Morten Andersen were also selected, along with the owner Jerry Jones of the Cowboys and the senior nominee Kenny Easley.
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LaDainian Tomlinson, Kurt Warner and Isaac Bruce are among finalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame
LATimes - about 2 months
Former Rams standouts Kurt Warner and Isaac Bruce and San Diego Chargers legend LaDainian Tomlinson are among the 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Tomlinson and Bruce are first-time finalists, while Warner made the list for the third time. Also in the running are Jason...
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Why The Los Angeles Rams Are Doomed For Another Mediocre Season
Huffington Post - 6 months
It's been a very long time since Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner led the St. Louis Rams, then dubbed as the "Greatest Show On Turf" to a pair of Super Bowl titles -- 14 years to be exact. Yes, back then the Rams had not only Warner, but running back Marshall Faulk and wide receivers Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt racking up the yards, making spectacular plays and most importantly, winning. Fast-forward to the present day and it seems like it's been forever since the franchise was competitive. Yet at the same time, running back Todd Gurley and rookie quarterback Jared Goff provide a glimmer of hope for an optimistic future. That said, even a move from St. Louis to Los Angeles won't change the fact that the team is doomed for another subpar season. Let's explore the reasons why. History Is Not On The Rams Side The last six teams to relocate going back to the Baltimore Colts back in 1984 have failed to get through their first regular season in their new city with a winning record ...
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A closer look at where QBs in NFL conference championship games come from
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
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NFL Network Preparing To Crown Best Super Bowl Ever
The Inquisitor - almost 2 years
The NFL Network is down to the top two Super Bowls, but only one will be crowned the Best Super Bowl of all time. WTAE.com is reporting that the NFL Network, in the tradition of the NCAA Basketball tournament, created a bracket with a list of the greatest Super Bowls of all time. Fans have been able to go to the website and vote for their favorite. This has led us to the final two games; Super Bowl XLIII, pitting the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Arizona Cardinals, and the last Super Bowl, Super Bowl XLIX, with the New England Patriots against the Seattle Seahawks. And now, a brief breakdown of each game, followed by the link so fans can go and vote. Super Bowl XLIII (forty-three), had the AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers in their eighth Super Bowl in franchise history, played the Arizona Cardinals, who made the Super Bowl for their first time ever. Tampa Bay, Florida was the host city. The game was a surprisingly close contest, with both teams playing smart, hard football. Ju ...
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Kaepernick gets help from Kurt Warner
USA Today - almost 2 years
49ers quarterback using tutelage and tournament of former MVP to polish his passing touch.           
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Seahawks’ Baldwin takes ‘pedestrian’ route to new heights
Houston Chronicle - about 3 years
By Kevin Duffy The News-Times NEWARK, N.J. — Before the cameras went on, Doug Baldwin flipped his off. It’s a little silver handheld device that Baldwin has been carrying all week. He normally uses it to film his question-and-answer YouTube segment, “The Fresh Files,” quite popular among Seattle fans. At Tuesday’s Super Bowl media day, he quickly scanned the crowd with the camera, capturing the grandeur and pure absurdity of it all, before tapping the tiny screen shut. “I’m going to try and document as much as I can and just enjoy the moment,” Baldwin said. “I do (the editing) myself, so I’m probably going to put together something for my YouTube channel. But more so, this is personal for me to look back when I’m older so I can remember this moment.” Forever motivated It always seems personal for the 5-10, 189-pound Baldwin, undrafted out of Stanford, where he was roommates for one year with Richard Sherman. Unquestionably one of the game’s top corners, Sherman was undervalu ...
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Kurt Warner not a fan of Super Bowl XLVIII being played at MetLife Stadium - New York Daily News
Google News - about 3 years
New York Daily News Kurt Warner not a fan of Super Bowl XLVIII being played at MetLife Stadium New York Daily News Kurt Warner had just talked about how excited he was to have next year's Super Bowl played in his home state of Arizona. He raved about the stadium, the city of Phoenix and, of course, the weather. But when the subject changed to this year's big game, ... Super Bowl weather: Hot topic, but a cold subjectThe Seattle Times Where to Watch The Super Bowl and Other Fascinating News on the WebTIME Super Bowl forecast: high of 36ESPN SB Nation -MyHighPlains -NBC4 Washington all 1,190 news articles »
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Anquan Boldin, on his third team, could go to his third Super Bowl
LATimes - about 3 years
Receiver Anquan Boldin won a Super Bowl with Baltimore last season, went to one with Arizona and has helped San Francisco get to the verge of the title game this season. Yet people still underestimate him, says Kurt Warner. SANTA CLARA, Calif. — In the last five years, receiver Anquan Boldin has gotten to the Super Bowl with the Arizona Cardinals, won one with the Baltimore Ravens, and, as a member of the San Francisco 49ers this season, is one victory away from a third visit to the NFL's biggest stage.
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Denver Broncos Rout Philadelphia Eagles 52-20 As Peyton Manning Continues Historic Start (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
DENVER — Forget fast-break football. This was steel-cold efficiency. Peyton Manning made quick work of the Philadelphia Eagles in a warp-speed game between the NFL's top two offenses, both of which like to snap the ball quickly. The Denver Broncos scored more points than they ever had in their 54-year history on Sunday, blowing out the Eagles 52-20 behind Manning's four touchdown throws and two special teams scores. "Might have to give old Thunder an IV after this one," Manning said of the white Arabian gelding who trots around the Sports Authority Field following touchdowns. If there's any IV bags left, that is. With two TD passes each to Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker, Manning completed all but a half dozen of his 34 throws for 327 yards. He didn't even step on the field in the fourth quarter and cooled his cleats on the sideline for a 12-minute stretch in the first half, no less. Just another day in the life of Manning, whose 16 TD passes are the most in the first m ...
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Damon Janes and Football's Worst Fear
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
The NFL is a beast. A massive, armored, mythical, all-consuming, white-walker-straight-out-of-game-of-thrones, beast. And it's invincible. Or at least that's what I thought. But like anything that's ever existed, there's usually a weakness to be found. The problem is that I just never wanted to look for it. I am, you see, an NFL addict in the purest sense. There is no NFL "off-season" for me. There's 17 weeks of the regular season, the playoffs, the Superbowl, draft prep, the actual draft, training camp, the preseason, wash, rinse and repeat. There is no "off-season", because that would require me admitting that the NFL was ever... off. Which it's not. Last year though, some chinks began to appear. Former players gathered en masse, filing a lawsuit relating to concussions and concussion-related problems post-career. Others, including some former superstars, committed suicide in a very public, and ultimately very tragic fashion. And so people began to wonder (some very ...
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NFL Concussion Lawsuit's Ripple Effect: Should the Young People in Your Life Play Sports?
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
In the wake of the NFL's settlement of the first class action concussion lawsuit brought by former players over brain trauma, much has been declared and yet little has been clarified for those seeking to determine the concussion risks of playing sports. In May 2012, Kurt Warner went on record as saying that he wasn't sure he'd want his sons to play football. The hailstorm of criticism he faced from colleagues was at once shocking and predictable. That former players like Merril Hoge would be so conditioned to defend the NFL that they accused Warner of throwing "the game that has been so good to him under the bus" is heartbreaking. The NFL has reacted to the entire concussion issue in typical 800-pound gorilla fashion: circling the wagons and using their mountainous funds in the courts to achieve a settlement amount that is little more than a pinprick compared to the $25 billion per year that the NFL expects to be earning within 15 years. That the football mega-business has chosen th ...
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Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens' 'first hero,' is no more - SportingNews.com
Google News - over 3 years
MiamiHerald.com Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens' 'first hero,' is no more SportingNews.com Greg Vaughan stood in an aisle near the back of the DTLR—Downtown Locker Room—outlet in Mondawmin Mall in northwest Baltimore, and brought Ray Lewis back to life. Lewis is simply retired from the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens, of course, but what ... NFL 2013 predictions: Which teams are geared up for postseason runs?Los Angeles Times Ravens veteran voices expected to fill the void left by Ray Lewis and Ed ReedBaltimore Sun Kurt Warner Doesn't Think Joe Flacco Is A Top 5 Quarterback, Steve Young ...Baltimore SportsReport.com ESPN -NBCSports.com -CBS Local all 474 news articles »
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kurt Warner
    FORTIES
  • 2014
    In 2014, Westwood One radio hired Warner as a substitute analyst on Monday Night Football games when regular analyst Boomer Esiason is unavailable.
    More Details Hide Details On January 27, 2009, Warner made a special appearance on the NBC reality show The Biggest Loser.
    Warner was inducted into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.
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    In December 2014, Warner admitted he briefly considered coming out of retirement and returning to the Cardinals following the team losing Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton due to injuries.
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    He became eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame following the 2014 season.
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  • 2013
    Warner appeared as the host of The Moment, a reality series on USA Network, in 2013.
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  • 2012
    In 2012, the NFL discovered the Saints had placed a bounty on Warner.
    More Details Hide Details Warner never accused the Saints of making an illegal hit or ending his career, saying “It was a violent hit, no question. But I also believe it was a legal hit.”
  • 2011
    Warner became an Iowa Barnstormers broadcaster for the 2011 Arena Football League season.
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    On August 12, 2011, Warner was named as an inductee into the Arena Football Hall of Fame.
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  • 2010
    On December 3, 2010, Warner's first multi-year post-retirement endorsement agreement was announced.
    More Details Hide Details Amway North America announced that it had signed Warner to a multi-year endorsement agreement to represent the Nutrilite brand. Amway reportedly agreed to make a $50,000 donation Kurt Warner's First Things First Foundation. In addition to his post-retirement endorsements and charity work, Warner has invested in the Elite Football League of India, a South Asian professional football league. Other prominent American backers include former Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka, former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin, sports analyst Ron Jaworski, and actor Mark Wahlberg. Warner's total investment amount remains undisclosed, although $50,000 of it will go towards a donation of footballs to schools and underprivileged children throughout India.
    In August 2010, Fox Sports announced that Warner would be serving as a color analyst on the network's NFL coverage in the 2010 season.
    More Details Hide Details He teamed with play-by-play announcers Chris Rose or Chris Myers to call regional games.
    Warner also served as an analyst for the NFL Network's coverage of the 2010 Arena Football League playoffs.
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    In 2010, Warner joined NFL Network as an analyst.
    More Details Hide Details He can be seen regularly on NFL Total Access, as well as in-studio on NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football pregame show, Thursday Night Kickoff Presented by Sears.
    In May 2010 he was inducted into the Arena Football Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details He is also a member of the Iowa Barnstormers Hall of Fame.
    In February 2010, Warner received the annual Bart Starr Award, given for outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community.
    More Details Hide Details At the award presentation, Bart Starr said of Warner: "We have never given this award to anyone who is more deserving".
    On August 30, 2010, it was announced on live television that Warner would be appearing as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars.
    More Details Hide Details His professional dance partner was Anna Trebunskaya; the couple was eliminated in week 8, the Instant Choreography Week.
    On February 9, 2010, Warner was a surprise guest on the final episode of The Jay Leno Show.
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    Warner made a guest appearance on Disney's The Suite Life on Deck as himself, in the episode "Any Given Fantasy" which aired on January 18, 2010.
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    Warner officially announced his retirement from the National Football League in January 2010.
    More Details Hide Details He said he was looking forward to finally being a true father to his seven kids, and that he wanted to spend time with his wife. He spoke on the impact and influence of his family, former teammates, and God.
    On January 10, 2010, Warner threw five touchdowns and completed 29 of 33 passes for 379 yards in a 51–45 victory over the Green Bay Packers.
    More Details Hide Details The game had the highest combined total score in NFL playoff history. Warner became one of the very few quarterbacks in NFL history to throw more touchdowns (5) than incompletions (4) in a playoff game. Warner finished the game with the second highest quarterback rating in NFL playoff history with a rating of 154.1. He also became the second quarterback to throw for five touchdown passes in a playoff game twice, and the first to do so since the merger of the leagues. He is also the oldest player to have thrown that many touchdown passes in a playoff game (38 years, 202 days). Warner also tied the NFL record for consecutive playoff games with at least three touchdown passes (three games). Since the playoff game was his last at home in the playoffs during his career, he finished a perfect 7-0 in home contests (4-0 with St. Louis; 3-0 with Arizona).
    He announced his retirement on January 29, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Kurt Warner was born to Gene and Sue Warner. Warner's parents divorced when he was six. Kurt and his brother lived with their mother, including through another short marriage and divorce. Kurt's father, Gene Warner, remarried a year after divorcing Kurt's mom. Warner's stepmother, Mimi Warner, also had a son named Matt (Post). The three boys formed a close relationship soon thereafter.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Warner was selected by USA Weekend as the winner of its annual Most Caring Athlete Award for 2009.
    More Details Hide Details In December 2009, Warner topped a Sports Illustrated poll of NFL players to name the best role model on and off the field in the NFL.
    On December 29, 2009, Warner was named an alternate quarterback for the NFC team in the 2010 Pro Bowl.
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    On December 27, 2009, Warner became only the second quarterback in NFL history to throw 100 touchdown passes with two different teams (Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton is the other), in the Cardinals' 31–10 win over the St. Louis Rams.
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    On December 6, 2009, Warner returned to action as the Cardinals defeated the Minnesota Vikings 30–17.
    More Details Hide Details Warner registered his fourth consecutive game with a passer rating of 120 or better, making him only the second quarterback in NFL history to accomplish the feat. After his three-touchdown performance, Warner was named both the NFC Offensive Player of the Week and the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week.
    Warner continued to suffer from post-concussion symptoms and on November 29, 2009, he was deactivated against the Tennessee Titans, breaking his consecutive starts streak at 41 straight games.
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    On November 22, 2009, during a 21–13 victory over the St. Louis Rams, Warner left the game after suffering a concussion.
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    On November 15, 2009, Warner reached a career milestone with his 200th touchdown pass during a 31–20 win against the Seattle Seahawks.
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    On November 1, 2009, Warner threw a career-high-equaling five interceptions during a loss to the Carolina Panthers.
    More Details Hide Details During the same game Warner became the first quarterback in the NFL to throw for over 14,000 yards with two different teams. On November 8, Warner equaled his career-high of five touchdown passes in a single game during a 41–21 victory over the Chicago Bears. This performance led to Warner being named both the NFC Offensive Player of the Week and the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week.
    On September 20, 2009, Warner broke the NFL’s single-game record for completion percentage in the regular season, completing 24 of 26 passing for 243 yards and two touchdowns.
    More Details Hide Details Warner's 92.3 percent completion rate broke the previous NFL record set by Vinny Testaverde in 1993.
    Warner underwent arthroscopic hip surgery to repair a torn labrum on March 17, 2009.
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    On February 27, 2009 Warner became a free agent and went on to have talks with the San Francisco 49ers.
    More Details Hide Details The 49ers offered Warner a contract worth more than that offered by the Cardinals. On March 4, Warner re-signed with the Cardinals to a two-year deal worth $23 million total, $4 million for each of the next two years, with a $15 million signing bonus.
    Warner announced his desire to return to the Cardinals for the 2009 season.
    More Details Hide Details The Cardinals offered him a two-year contract worth around $20 million but Warner was looking for a contract that would pay him about $14 million a year and the two sides could not come to an agreement.
    On January 3, 2009, Warner led the Cardinals in their victory over the Atlanta Falcons 30–24 at home in the first round of the playoffs.
    More Details Hide Details During the game Warner went 19 for 32 passing, a completion percentage of 59.4%, for 271 yards. He threw two touchdowns and one interception. This win represented the first time the Cardinals had won a post-season home game since the 1947 NFL Championship Game. On January 10, Warner helped the Cardinals defeat the Carolina Panthers 33–13 in Charlotte, North Carolina in the second round of the playoffs. During the game Warner went 21 for 32 passing, for 220 yards, a completion percentage of 65.6%, with two touchdowns and one interception. This win was the first time the Cardinals had won a game on the East Coast the entire 2008 season. On January 18, Warner threw for 279 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions against the Philadelphia Eagles to lead the Cardinals to their first Super Bowl appearance in history. Warner is one of three quarterbacks who made Super Bowl starts with two different teams (the others are Craig Morton Dallas Cowboys and 1977: Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning & 2009: Indianapolis Colts and 2013 & 2015: Denver Broncos). Warner also became the third quarterback in NFL history to win a conference championship with two different teams (following Craig Morton and Earl Morrall).
  • 2008
    On December 16, 2008, Warner was named the starting quarterback for the NFC team in the 2009 Pro Bowl.
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    On December 7, 2008, Warner led the Cardinals to a 34–10 win over his former team, the Rams, securing for the Cardinals the NFC West Division title and their first playoff berth since 1998.
    More Details Hide Details It was the Cardinals' first division title since 1975 and third of the post-merger era. As a result, the Cardinals would play only their second home playoff game ever, as they had never played a home playoff game in Arizona despite winning two division titles.
    Indeed, Warner was named the starter on August 30, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details That season, Warner had 4,583 passing yards, 30 touchdowns, and a completion percentage of 67.1%. He was the top ranked passer in the National Football Conference for the third time, and only trailed Phillip Rivers and Chad Pennington of the AFC in NFL passer rating for the season. Warner also received FedEx Air Player of the Week honors for his performance during weeks 9 and 11 of the season.
    Leinart was named the Cardinals' starting QB going into the 2008 off-season, but Ken Whisenhunt stated that it would be very possible for Warner to be the starter before week one of the regular season.
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  • 2007
    Warner finished the 2007 season with 27 passing touchdowns, just one shy of the Cardinals franchise record.
    More Details Hide Details Warner's performance earned him a $1 million bonus for the year, and he fell just short of attaining a 90.0+ passer rating, which would have given him an extra $500,000.
    After Leinart was placed on injured reserve, Warner was named starter for the remainder of the 2007 season.
    More Details Hide Details Warner passed for a career-high 484 yards against the 49ers in a 31–37 loss on November 25, but had a fumble in the end zone in overtime that was recovered by Tully Banta-Cain, and the Cardinals lost. However, the following week Warner improved; and the Cardinals earned a victory over the Browns that brought the Cardinals to 6–6 and kept them in the chase for the NFC Wild Card playoff spot.
    On September 30, 2007, during the week four game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Warner relieved Leinart again, following another ineffective start.
    More Details Hide Details Warner finished with 14 completed of 21 attempts for 132 yards with one touchdown pass and no interceptions, while Leinart re-entered the game in the 4th quarter and led the Cardinals to their final touchdown.
  • 2006
    In week one of the 2006 NFL season, Warner won the NFC Offensive Player of the Week award, throwing for 301 yards and three touchdowns in a win over San Francisco.
    More Details Hide Details Two weeks later, Warner passed the 20,000-yard passing milestone in his 76th game, the second-quickest of any player in NFL history (Warner accomplished the feat in one game more than it took record-holder Dan Marino). After three subpar games in weeks 2 to 4, Warner was replaced at quarterback by rookie Matt Leinart in the fourth quarter of week 4. Then-coach Dennis Green stated that Warner would be the backup quarterback for the remainder of the season. In week 16, Leinart went down with a shoulder injury against the 49ers, forcing Warner to see his first action since week 4. Warner filled in nicely, as he was able to hang on for the Cardinals win. In week 17 against the San Diego Chargers, Warner started again in place of the injured Leinart, throwing for 365 yards (which led the NFL for that week) and a touchdown, though the Chargers were able to hang on for a 27–20 win.
    Warner signed a new three-year deal with the Cardinals on February 14, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details The deal had a base salary of $18 million and, with performance incentives, could have been worth as much as $24 million.
  • 2005
    In early 2005, Warner signed a one-year, $4-million contract with the Arizona Cardinals, and was quickly named the starter by coach Dennis Green.
    More Details Hide Details Warner posted three relatively mediocre performances before injuring his groin and being replaced by former starter Josh McCown. McCown performed well enough in the two games Warner missed that Green named McCown the starter for the remainder of the season. But after McCown struggled in two straight games, Green re-inserted Warner into the starting line-up. After playing fairly well in two consecutive losses (passing for a total of nearly 700 yards), Warner defeated his former team, the Rams, by a score of 38–28. He passed for 285 yards and three touchdowns while posting a quarterback rating of 115.9. Warner's season ended in week 15 when he partially tore his MCL.
  • 2004
    Two days after his release from the Rams, he signed a two-year deal with the New York Giants. Warner started the 2004 season as the Giants' starting quarterback, winning five of his first seven games, but following a two-game losing streak, highly touted rookie quarterback Eli Manning was given the starting job.
    More Details Hide Details The Giants had a 5–4 win-loss record at the time of Warner's benching, finishing at 6–10 overall (going only 1–6 under Manning). Following the season, Warner chose to void the second year of his contract, and thus became a free agent.
    The Rams released Warner on June 1, 2004 with three years left on his contract.
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  • 2002
    In contrast to his 103.4 career passer rating entering the season, Warner posted a minuscule 67.4 rating in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details The following season, Warner was replaced as the Rams' starting quarterback for good after fumbling six times in the team's opening-day game against the New York Giants. Warner later revealed that he had previously broken his hand and that it had not fully healed, making it more difficult to grip the football. His successor as the Rams' starting quarterback, Marc Bulger (another relatively unheralded quarterback coming out of college), stepped into the breach and played reasonably well upon replacing Warner.
    Warner began the 2002 season as the Rams' starter, but he played poorly, throwing seven interceptions against only one touchdown as the team went 0–3.
    More Details Hide Details In the Rams' fourth game, this one against the Dallas Cowboys, Warner broke a finger on his throwing hand. Warner attempted to come back later in the season, but his injury allowed him to play only two more games (both losses).
  • 2000
    Warner's tendency for turnovers carried over from 2000, as he tossed a career-high 22 interceptions (despite completing a career-high 68.7% of his passes), but he still led "The Greatest Show on Turf" to its third consecutive 6–0 start (becoming the first NFL team to do so, later equaled by the 2005–2007 Indianapolis Colts), an NFL-best 14–2 record, and an appearance in Super Bowl XXXVI.
    More Details Hide Details Warner was also named the NFL MVP for the second time in three seasons, giving the Rams their third winner in as many years (running back Marshall Faulk won in 2000). In Super Bowl XXXVI, Warner threw for 365 yards (then the second-highest, now the third-highest total in Super Bowl history) and a passing touchdown along with a rushing touchdown, but his rhythm was disrupted by New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick's defensive game plan and he tossed two costly interceptions which helped stake the heavy-underdog Patriots to a two-touchdown lead. After falling behind to the Patriots 17–3, though, the Rams rallied to tie the game late in the fourth quarter on a one-yard Warner QB sneak touchdown run and a 26-yard touchdown pass from Warner to Ricky Proehl. The game ended in a 20-17 loss for Warner and the Rams when Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired, giving the Patriots the first of three Super Bowl wins in four years.
    In contrast to his previous season, however, Warner's turnover rate drastically increased in 2000, as he threw an interception in 5.2% of his attempts (compared to just 2.6% in 1999).
    More Details Hide Details Despite one of the most productive offensive years by an NFL team, the Rams only won ten games and lost in the wild card round to the New Orleans Saints. In response to the disappointing season, the Rams cut nine of their eleven defensive starters during the offseason, and Trent Green was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs. Warner quickly returned to MVP form in 2001. Although his performance lagged behind his 1999 performance, he amassed a league-high 36 touchdown passes and 4,830 passing yards, and another league high mark in passer rating (101.4).
    Warner started the 2000 season where he had left off in his record-setting 1999 season, racking up 300 or more passing yards in each of his first 6 games (tying Steve Young's record) and posting 19 touchdown passes in that stretch.
    More Details Hide Details Warner broke his hand and missed the middle of the season, but Trent Green filled in ably and the Warner/Green duo led the Rams to the highest team passing yard total in NFL history, with 5,232 net yards. Warner and Green's combined gross passing yards total was 5,492.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Warner's breakout season from a career in anonymity was so unexpected that Sports Illustrated featured him on their October 18 cover with the caption "Who Is This Guy?" He was named the 1999 NFL MVP at the season's end for leading the Rams to their first playoff berth since 1989 (when they were still in Los Angeles) and their first division title since 1985.
    More Details Hide Details In the NFL playoffs, Warner ultimately led the Rams to a victory in Super Bowl XXXIV against the Tennessee Titans. In the game, he threw for two touchdowns and a Super Bowl-record 414 passing yards, including a 73-yard touchdown to Isaac Bruce when the game was tied with just over two minutes to play, which proved to be the game-winning score. Warner also set a Super Bowl record by attempting 45 passes without a single interception. For his performance, Warner was awarded the Super Bowl MVP award.
  • 1998
    After releasing Banks and Bono following the 1998 season, the Rams signed free agent Trent Green to be their starting QB, and Warner was promoted to second string.
    More Details Hide Details When Green tore his ACL in a preseason game, Rams coach Dick Vermeil named Warner as the Rams' starter. In an emotional press conference, Vermeil—who hadn't seen Warner work with the first-string offense—famously said, "We will rally around Kurt Warner, and we'll play good football." With the support of running back Marshall Faulk and wide receivers Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt, Az-Zahir Hakim, and Ricky Proehl, Warner put together one of the top seasons by a quarterback in NFL history, throwing for 4,353 yards with 41 touchdown passes and a completion rate of 65.1%. The Rams' high-powered offense, run by offensive coordinator Mike Martz, was nicknamed "The Greatest Show on Turf" and registered the first in a string of three consecutive 500-point seasons, an NFL record. Warner threw three touchdown passes in each of his first three NFL starts; he is the only NFL quarterback in history to accomplish that feat. Warner drew more attention in the Rams' fourth game of the season, a home game against the San Francisco 49ers (who had been NFC West division champions for 12 of the previous 13 seasons). The Rams had lost their last 17 meetings with the 49ers, but Warner proceeded to throw a touchdown pass on each of the Rams' first three possessions of the game, and four TDs in the first half alone, to propel the Rams to a 28–10 halftime lead on the way to a 42–20 victory.
    Returning to the United States for the season, Warner spent the 1998 season as St. Louis' third-string quarterback behind Tony Banks and Steve Bono.
    More Details Hide Details He ended his season completing only 4 of 11 pass attempts for 39 yards and a 47.2 QB rating.
    In 1998, Warner was finally signed by an NFL franchise, the St. Louis Rams, and was allocated to NFL Europe's Amsterdam Admirals, where he would lead the league in touchdowns and passing yards.
    More Details Hide Details His backup at the time was future Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme, another famous rags-to-riches quarterback story.
  • 1997
    Before the 1997 Arena season, he requested and got a tryout with the Chicago Bears, but an injury to his throwing elbow caused by a spider bite sustained during his honeymoon prevented him from attending.
    More Details Hide Details In 2000, after Warner's breakout NFL season, the Arena Football League used his new fame for the name of its first widely available video game, Kurt Warner's Arena Football Unleashed.
    Warner and Brenda married on October 11, 1997, at the St. John American Lutheran Church, the same place where the service for Brenda's parents were held.
    More Details Hide Details Warner was still hoping to get an NFL tryout, but with that possibility appearing dim and the long hours at the Hy-Vee for minimum wage taking their toll, Warner began his Arena League career. After marrying Brenda, Warner officially adopted her two children from her first marriage; they have since added five children of their own. Kurt and Brenda Warner are devout evangelical Christians. His faith first emerged on the national stage following the Rams' Super Bowl victory, where he was named the game's MVP: Nine years later, upon leading the Cardinals to the franchise's first ever Super Bowl, Warner's response was similar: Warner has usually attended charismatic churches, and believes that God healed him from a concussion he suffered in 2000. However, he eschews the term "charismatic." In 2001, he told Charisma, "I'm just a Christian."
    During college, Warner met his future wife, Brenda Carney Meoni; they married on October 11, 1997. Brenda is a former United States Marine Corps corporal. She was divorced with two children, one of whom had been left brain damaged and blind after being dropped by Brenda's ex-husband, leading to her hardship discharge from the Marines in 1990.
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  • 1996
    Warner was named to the AFL's First-team All-Arena in both 1996 and 1997 after he led the Barnstormers to Arena Bowl appearances in both seasons.
    More Details Hide Details Warner's performance was so impressive that he would be named twelfth out of the 20 Best Arena Football Players of all time.
    Brenda's parents were killed in 1996 when their Mountain View, Arkansas home was destroyed by a tornado.
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  • 1995
    With no NFL teams willing to give him a chance, Warner turned to the Arena Football League (AFL) in 1995, and signed with the Iowa Barnstormers.
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  • 1994
    He was invited to try out for the Green Bay Packers' training camp in 1994, but was released before the regular season began; Warner was competing for a spot against Brett Favre, Mark Brunell and former Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer.
    More Details Hide Details While Warner was with the Packers, the head coach was Mike Holmgren; the quarterback coach was Steve Mariucci; and Andy Reid was the offensive assistant. After Warner was released, Mariucci told him that he knew Warner had enormous potential but was not ready to be an NFL quarterback yet. It was at this time that Warner stocked shelves at a Hy-Vee grocery store in Cedar Falls for $5.50 an hour. Warner often notes this as the starting point when telling of his rise to NFL stardom in 1999. He also mentions his conversion to Christianity that occurred around 1997. Warner also returned to Northern Iowa and worked as a graduate assistant coach with the football team, all the while still hoping to get another tryout with an NFL team.
    Following his college career, Warner went undrafted in the 1994 NFL Draft.
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  • 1993
    After that he attended the University of Northern Iowa, graduating in 1993.
    More Details Hide Details At UNI, Warner was third on the Panthers' depth chart until his senior year. When Warner was finally given the chance to start, he was named the Gateway Conference's Offensive Player of the Year.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    Born in Burlington, Iowa, Warner played football at Regis High School in Cedar Rapids, graduating in 1989.
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    Kurt graduated in 1989 from Regis High School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he was quarterback of the school's Class 3A football team.
    More Details Hide Details Warner graduated from University of Northern Iowa in 1993 with a degree in communications.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1971
    Born on June 22, 1971.
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