Kurt Warner, Quarterback (6-2, 220)
1998-2003 St. Louis Rams, 2004 New York Giants, 2005-09 Arizona Cardinals. … 12 seasons, 124 games.
Not drafted by the NFL. … Originally signed by and then released by Green Bay Packers in 1994. … Went on to play in Arena Football League with Iowa Barnstormers (1995-97). … Returned to NFL with Rams as free agent and allocated to NFL Europe’s Amsterdam Admirals. … Returned to Rams in 1998. … Went on to become two-time NFL MVP (1999 and 2001) and 2000 Super Bowl MVP after leading Rams to 23-16 victory over Tennessee. … Set Super Bowl record with 414 passing yards. … Had another MVP season two years later when he guided Rams back to Super Bowl. … His season totals included league-leading and career-high 4,830 yards and 36 touchdowns to post a 101.4 passer rating in 2001. … Warner made third trip to Super Bowl in 2008 season when he led Arizona Cardinals to franchise’s first division title since 1975 and first-ever Super Bowl appearance. … Only quarterback to throw for 300 or more yards in three Super Bowls. … Four-time Pro Bowl choice, led NFL in average gain per attempt three times. … Had highest passer rating and led NFL in TD passes twice.
PHOENIX — Kurt Warner was 28 years old before he became a starting NFL quarterback, a late start for a Hall of Fame career.
Before that came one season as a starter at Northern Iowa; time stocking grocery shelves to make ends meet; three years of Arena Football; and one year in NFL Europe.
It’s a remarkable journey that led him to three Super Bowls with two franchises. He won one Super Bowl, was voted NFL MVP twice and Super Bowl MVP once.
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