His story was the stuff of the Hollywood script mill. A Northern Iowa slinger passed over in the 1994 NFL Draft, unprepared for the NFL world, who scraped by on three seasons in the Arena Football League and some part-time work at a Hy-Vee grocery store pushed into the Rams roster in 1999 and catapulted into the starting slot because of a preseason injury to QB Trent Green.
Then the football happened. Warner threw for 41 touchdowns in 1999; by contrast, the Rams threw for 14 all of 2016. A Super Bowl XXXIV championship. A Super Bowl XXXVI runner-up*.
* - You know damn well what the asterisk is for.
Another 2nd place trophy in Super Bowl XLIII. And the records...
Warner’s resume is deserving no doubt. His inclusion in the Hall of Fame alongside RB Marshall Faulk, OT Orlando Pace and (eventually) WR Isaac Bruce is evidence of how special the Greatest Show on Turf truly was.
He will join the rest of the 2017 NFL Hall of Fame Class:
- K Morten Anderson
- RB Terrell Davis
- Owner Jerry Jones
- TE Jason Taylor
- RB LeDainian Tomlinson
He, and the rest of the 2017 NFL Hall of Fame Class will be inducted during Enshrinement Week, August 3-6.
Congratulations to Kurt for a deserving honor.