Warner: Rare Great Who Shouldn't Retire
I was right about Jordan, who accomplished little in downtown D.C. beyond helping the arena-area develop with chain stores and bars. I'm right about most others, too. But this time, I'm sensing that a 38-year-old quarterback named Kurt Warner actually has two excellent years left in him, if not more, and that he shouldn't retire from the Arizona Cardinals.
He's going to anyway, it appears, having announced a Friday news conference in which family members will be present. One doesn't invite the wife and kids and all the relatives merely to announce, "Get your tickets now, fans, for the '10 season!" But while Warner worries about his faith, concussions, seven children and living a long, healthy life -- heartfelt concerns, all -- I'm fixed on his performance of only 2 1/2 weeks ago. In one of the magnificent quarterbacking shows in NFL postseason history, he completed 29 of 33 passes for 379 yards and five touchdowns. Indeed, he had more scoring passes than incompletions, and he led the Cardinals to a 51-45 overtime victory over a Green Bay team with a defense that had been ranked among the NFL's best.
"I don't think you ever want to stay too long," he said after the game, "but you never want to go out before it's time. The hard part is trying to figure that out."