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Son of former Rams Hall of Famer finds his new collegiate home

EJ Warner, son of former Rams QB Kurt Warner, is headed to Texas to continue his college career at Rice University

NCAA Football: Miami at Temple Andy Lewis-USA TODAY Sports

Former St. Louis Rams QB and NFL Hall of Famer Kurt Warner was never a sought after collegiate player, only starting his senior year at division 1-AA’s Northern Iowa. This made his path to the NFL a much longer and less direct path, due to the lack of exposure and playing time. Fortunately, that is one thing it looks as though his son EJ Warner is already having a little better luck with in his college career.

The younger Warner has decided to transfer to Rice University and the AAC, after a stellar two-year career at Temple University, where he found himself starting as a true freshman in 2022. Warner set the Temple record for most passing touchdowns in a season with 23 last year.

Warner passed for 3,076 yards in 2023, placing him second all-time in the school’s record books for passing yardage in a single-season, while also breaking his own school record for pass attempts in a season with 445. The sophomore quarterback’s 307.6 passing yards and 25.6 completions averaged per game last season had him ranked fifth in the entire FBS, and he ends his Temple career with 6,104 yards and 41 touchdowns in just two years as the starter.

Warner announced his intention to transfer shortly after the season, which was not much of a surprise given his success this past year, and the lack of major NIL support at Temple.

At Rice, Warner will join the more nationally exposed American Athletic Conference, where he will complete for the open starting QB job, after the team lost former Georgia QB transfer JT Daniels to graduation.

Warner is the son of former Rams legend, Kurt Warner, who played with the team from 98-03. He won the 1999 NFL MVP and brought the Rams their first franchise Super Bowl victory, while earning the Super Bowl MVP as well, and is considered one of the big four of the Rams “Greatest Show on Turf” along with Marshall Faulk, Issac Bruce and Torry Holt.

He would again win the NFL MVP again in 2001, while finishing his career with 32,344 yards, 208 touchdowns and a 65.5% career completion percentage. Kurt Warner still currently holds the highest passer rating in Los Angeles Rams franchise history with a 109.2. Current QB Matthew Stafford sits in second, with his 2021 season performance of 102.9.

EJ Warner may compete with his father’s NFL stats one day, and maybe we could even see another Warner in horns, as the new Rice quarterback would potentially be a 2026 NFL draft prospect if he played through his senior year. 2026 also just happens to be the same year that Stafford’s contract runs out, but in all honestly, that’s all probably looking a little too far ahead. For now that will all need to wait, as Warner focuses on his big upcoming junior season at Rice, and looks to carve out his own football journey.