Former Arizona Cardinals QB Kurt Warner HOF finalist


Former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner made the list of 18 finalists Thursday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Kurt Warner, former Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams quarterback was back in the news again Thursday night.  This time not as a guy who was thinking about returning to the NFL but as a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2015.

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It was a well deserved honor for a player who helped re-launch the image of two franchises over a decade.  He kick-started the Rams offense in 1999 after replacing the injured Trent Green and started what was “The Greatest Show on Turf”.  He led the 1999 and the 2001 Rams to the Super Bowl, winning it all in 1999.

He also led the Cardinals to their first-ever Super Bowl in the 2008 season back in February 2009.  He had a one-year stop with the New York Giants in between stints in St. Louis and Arizona.

Warner threw 208 touchdowns against just 128 interceptions in his NFL career, amassing 32,344 yards in the process.  He spent six years with the Rams, five with the Cardinals, and one with the Giants.  Believe it or not he started with the Green Bay Packers in 1994.  He was not on their regular-season roster though.

Warner also was named to the Pro Bowl four times and was NFL MVP in 1999 and 2001.  He also holds the records for most passing yards in a single postseason.  He threw for 1,156 yards in the 2008 postseason with the Cardinals.

In addition to Warner, the others named as finalists include kicker Morten Andersen, running back Jerome Bettis, wide receiver Jerome Brown, coach Don Coryell, running back Terrell Davis, coach Tony Dungy, defensive end Kevin Greene, defensive end Charles Haley, wide receiver Marvin Harrison, coach Jimmy Johnson, safety John Lynch, offensive tackle Orlando Pace, contributor Bill Polian, linebacker Junior Seau, guard Will Shields, center Mick Tingelhoff, contributor Ron Wolf.

Warner was one of three first-year eligible finalists.  In addition to him, Seau and Pace are first-time ballots.  It is nice company that Warner is keeping here with these finalists.  His election will be no walk in the park.  He’ll get in at some point but he has stiff competition.

After retirement Warner hasn’t hidden from the public.  He currently works for NFL Network as an analyst.  The announcement for election into the 2015 class will be announced on January 31 in Phoenix during the NFL Honors celebration during Super Bowl XLIX week.