October 4, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals former quarterback Kurt Warner acknowledges the fans during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams defeated the Cardinals 17-3. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
Former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner will become the 14th inductee into the Ring of Honor on Monday September 8th during halftime of the season opening Monday Night Football game against the San Diego Chargers. It was only a matter of time before this move was made.
Some people will argue against it because he didn’t actually win a Super Bowl here. However, no one else in the Ring of Honor did either, so where’s the logic in that argument? Warner brought respectability back to the franchise and led the Cards to their first ever Super Bowl in February 2009. He is the biggest reason a 9-7 team in 2008 was able to make a great run in the playoffs.
He also led the Cards to the playoffs in 2009 season. Two NFC West Championships in a row for the Warner-led Cards is good enough for me. He brought excitement and although he did win a Super Bowl with the St. Louis Rams he hold franchise records in many categories including passer rating and consecutive games with a touchdown pass. In the postseason with the Cards, he threw an amazing 16 touchdown passes and only four interceptions. There is no argument against that. None.
I saw someone who said he thought that by adding Warner, the standards in Arizona are lower. Really? So, what would you say about Aeneas Williams, Dan Dierdorf, Larry Wilson or Pat Tillman? None of them won a Super Bowl. However all of them had very important contributions to the franchise. It goes way beyond stats on the field. Yes, many players contribute positively in the community but these guys take it a step further. They have a great mix of great play, great leaders, great in the community and great with fans. It’s the overall package and Warner has it. Congrats to Warner for this honor and I look forward to Monday night September 8th.