Twenty-Five Greatest Players in Cardinals History

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Kurt Warner is the only Cardinals quarterback to take them to a Super Bowl.

The story of Kurt Warner is one of the NFL’s best. He went from NFL hopeful, to grocery store clerk, to Arena Football, NFL Europe, and finally the NFL, where he shocked the world. When he found his way to Arizona, he was 34 years old, and seemed to be on the downside of his career. That turned out to be not quite true.

Warner began his stay with the Cardinals on a bit of a sour note. He was injured, and the team went just 2-8 with him as a starter. However, the team brought him back, and after a bit of a battle with Matt Leinart, took over. In 2008, at age 37, he threw for 4,500 yards and 30 touchdowns, and led Arizona to the Super Bowl, where they were nearly champions.

His overall record in Arizona isn’t all that impressive, and his numbers don’t jump off the board, but he did something no other quarterback has ever done, in getting the franchise to its only Super Bowl appearance. He made the Pro Bowl once, and is in the Ring of Honor for the Cardinals. He didn’t have a long career in Arizona, but he definitely left a lasting mark, and will be remembered fondly by fans.