After twelve seasons in the NFL, Arizona Cardinals' quarterback, Kurt Warner, announced his retirement from the league. "Obviously, it's been twelve unbelievable years, some of the best years of my life," Warner said Friday at the Cardinal training facility in Tempe, AZ. "But I want everybody to know that I'm just as excited about the next twelve, that I'm excited about what lies in front of me. I'm excited about spending more time with my family, and seeing what God's going to do next."
Cut from the Green Bay Packers in 1994, Warner spent a year stocking shelves before signing with the Iowa Barnstormers in the Arena Football League. He played with the St. Louis Rams’ European affiliate, Amsterdam Admirals, before being called up to the Rams stateside in 1999. There Warner won two league MVP awards and a Super Bowl with a Ram team aptly nicknamed the Greatest Show on Turf.
After a short stint with the New York Giants, the often injured QB signed with the Arizona Cardinals in 2005. In ’08 and ’09 Warner led the Cardinals to back-to-back playoff appearances – making it all the way to the Super Bowl in former.
What has kept the five-time Pro-Bowler and possible Hall of Famer grounded through his roller coaster career. He would be the first to tell you that it is his strong faith in the all-mighty God. Although he has had some inconsistencies in his professional life, his spiritual life has been rock solid and unwavering.
“Many have said if my life story was a script in Hollywood, it would never be believed. But - I am where I am because I believed and I never gave up...Brenda and I are living proof of the importance of having strong faith in God, in yourself and in your talents.” That is the message of Kurt Warner on his First Things First Foundation website. (www.kurtwarner.org).
Kurt Warner is a winner, a leader, a server, and a dedicated believer – all of the things that you look for in a positive role model. We wish him well, and this examiner will still be rooting for him for the next twelve years.