Kurt Warner Will Address Future on Friday
Jason La Canfora of NFL.com is reporting that Warner will hang up his cleats and Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that Warner is making sure that as many members of his family as possible can be there for his announcement. It would be a bit strange to go to all that trouble if the announcement was that he'd be back to fulfill the final year of his two-year, $23 million contract.
Anything's possible, of course, but it does feel like we've seen the last of Warner. His final game won't go down as one of his finest, but the hit that forced him to briefly leave the 45-14 playoff loss to the Saints may have sealed the deal on his decision. If Warner is done, it will drop the curtain on a career that was as prolific on the field as it was fascinating.
Warner's story won't soon be forgotten by anyone who heard it. Unknown after leaving Northern Iowa, Warner was cut by the Packers after training camp in 1994. He went on to work in a grocery store, coach at his alma mater and play in the Arena League while waiting for another shot. He got it with the Rams, where he took over in preseason for injured starter Trent Green and led the team to an unexpected Super Bowl title while throwing for 4,353 yards and 41 touchdowns.
Warner won the MVP that year and would go to another Super Bowl after the 2001 season, when he also won his second MVP award. Then a series of injuries and fumbleitis struck, he went to the Giants for a forgettable season and headed to Arizona where he was expected to back up Matt Leinart. The story zagged again when Warner regained his touch, took over for Leinart and went to another Super Bowl. The Cardinals lost to the Steelers in 2009, but Warner cemented his place as one of the best quarterbacks of his generation.
The question now will be if that story -- plus 32,344 passing yards, 208 touchdowns and a 93.7 career passer rating -- is enough to get Warner into Canton. It says here that it should be, but, as always, the voters will make the final decision.