Kurt Warner

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Kurt Warner
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born June 22, 1971 in Burlington , Iowa
Career information
Active : 1998 - 2010
Undrafted in 1994
College : Northern Iowa
Career statistics
TD - INT     208-128
Thrown yards     32,344
Quarterback rating     93.7
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Career highlights and awards
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Kurt Warner (center), Brenda Warner and Amani Toomer during a visit to a hospital ship in 2005

Kurtis Eugene "Kurt" Warner (* 22. June 1971 in Burlington , Iowa ) is a former American American football - and arena football poker players at the position of quarterback . He played 13 years in the National Football League (NFL) and won with the St. Louis Rams to Super Bowl XXXIV .

Warner was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017 .



Warner played college football at the University of Northern Iowa . Via the detour as a player for the Amsterdam Admirals in the NFL Europe , a European branch of the NFL, he finally made it to the NFL in 1998 with the St. Louis Rams .

St. Louis Rams

After the training camp in 1998 Warner got the place of the 3rd quarterback behind the starting quarterback Tony Banks and the substitute quarterback Steve Bono . In the 1998 season, the St. Louis Rams get just four wins this season versus twelve defeats. In the course of the season Tony Banks injured, so that from now on Steve Bono ran up as quarterback. When Kurt Warner first stepped onto the pitch for the St. Louis Rams on the last day of the match, he managed four complete passes from eleven attempts in the remaining minutes.

For the new season, Banks and Bono were fired, but with Trent Green of the Washington Redskins a new quarterback was also signed. So Kurt Warner moved back to the second line as a substitute. Green injured himself, however, so that Kurt Warner was henceforth starting quarterback for the Rams. Kurt Warner was so successful during his first season that he was awarded the NFL Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) in 1999 as the most valuable player of the regular season . His St. Louis Rams finished the regular season of the NFL very successfully with 13 wins against only three defeats. Dick Vermeil , the Rams' head coach , was named Coach of the Year during the preliminary round.

As one of the two most successful teams in the National Football Conference (NFC), the Rams were able to move into the Divisional Play-offs after the preliminary round , alongside the Tampa Bay Buccaneers . In the first play-off game, the Minnesota Vikings were defeated 49:37. Opponents in the NFC Championship Game were the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Edward Jones Dome (then Trans World Dome ). In a game that was shaped by the defenses of the two teams, the Rams got the upper hand with 11: 6 and moved into the Super Bowl .

Great bowls

Opponents in Super Bowl XXXIV in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta were the Tennessee Titans , who were beaten 23:16. Kurt Warner played a major role in the success of the Rams, his 414 yards in the passing game meant a new Super Bowl record. He was also elected Super Bowl MVP . This makes Warner one of only six players who were named MVP of both the Regular Season and the Super Bowl in one year.

Warner reached the Super Bowl XXXVI against the New England Patriots with the St. Louis Rams in the 2001 season . The favored Rams lost the game with a field goal from Adam Vinatieri in the last few seconds. Warner threw passes for 365 yards in the Super Bowl - a value only surpassed by his own record two years ago.

The Rams' offense from 1999 to 2001 around offensive coordinator Mike Martz , quarterback Kurt Warner, running back Marshall Faulk and wide receivers Issac Bruce , Torry Holt , Ricky Proehl and Az-Zahir Hakim went under the name The Greatest Show on Turf , as one of the most successful in NFL history.

New York Giants

In 2002 and 2003 Warner suffered some injuries and lost his position as starting quarterback to Marc Bulger . He was released from the Rams in 2004 and signed a contract with the New York Giants . Although he started well, he was replaced by rookie Eli Manning by head coach Tom Coughlin mid-season .

Arizona Cardinals

In 2005 Warner moved to the Arizona Cardinals , where he was again a starter. After another injury, he was replaced by Josh McCown . Warner started the 2006 season as a starter, but rookie Matt Leinart was preferred to him from week four.

Warner also began the 2007 season as a backup for Leinart. This injured himself at the beginning of the season, and Warner was again the regular quarterback of the Cardinals. Warner was convincing in this role and scored 27 touchdowns in the season, which he just missed a franchise record. The Cardinals achieved their best result in years, not least thanks to Warner's performance, and ended the season evenly with eight wins and eight losses.

For the 2008 season it was expected that coach Ken Whisenhunt would rely on the much younger Matt Leinart as quarterback, but Warner prevailed as a starter. Warner led the Cardinals with his third best season according to quarterback rating, initially to the division title in the NFC West. In the play-offs, the Cardinals reached the NFC Championship Game for the first time in the club's history . The interaction between Warner and his two wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin , who both managed to achieve over 1,000 yards in the regular season with pass catches , played a major role in this success . The Cardinals won the NFC Championship Game against the Philadelphia Eagles and were able to move into the Super Bowl against the Pittsburgh Steelers for the first time in their club's history .

3. Super Bowl

In Super Bowl XLIII , Kurt Warner threw passes for 377 yards and three touchdowns, two of which to Larry Fitzgerald. A throw also led to a possibly game-deciding interception, which was carried back by the Linebacker of the Steelers, James Harrison , a few seconds before halftime for 100 yards for a touchdown. If the pass had been complete, the break would ideally have been 14:10 for Cardinals; however, they went into halftime with a 7:17 deficit against the Steelers and finally lost at 23:27.

On January 29, 2010, Kurt Warner announced his resignation, after he led the Arizona Cardinals again in the play-offs in the 2009 season, but were subject to the New Orleans Saints in the Divisional Round .

Web links

Commons : Kurt Warner  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Kurt Warner inducted into the Hall of Fame. In: sbnation.com. February 4, 2017, accessed on February 9, 2017 (English): “Kurt Warner went from grocery store stockboy to Super Bowl champion in an incredible career. Now the former Northern Iowa backup quarterback can add another accolade to his resume: Hall of Famer. "
  2. ^ Bryn Swartz: The Greatest Show On Turf: The Dynasty That Never Was - Bleacher Report. In: bleacherreport.com. January 15, 2010, accessed on November 28, 2013 (English): "Super Bowl XXXVI might be the signature game of the Greatest Show On Turf."
  3. ESPN.com - Page2 - Best NFL offense of all-time. 1. St. Louis Rams (2000). In: espn.go.com. Retrieved November 28, 2013 : "Those three years together guarantee the Kurt Warner-Marshall Faulk offense a permanent place in NFL history, but what makes the 2000 season stand out is that the offense did it with relatively little help from the D, which was the worst in the NFL. "