A film that tells the story of former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner will be released this upcoming December.
In 2005, Kurt Warner was given an opportunity to be the starting quarterback of the Arizona Cardinals. This came after an underwhelming 2004 season for Warner with the New York Giants and two years after he fizzled out with the St. Louis Rams.
Despite his struggles, the Cardinals and head coach Dennis Green thought the 33-year-old quarterback still had something left in the tank. In the end, the risk Arizona took in 2005 certainly proved to be worth it.
Warner ended up remaining with the Cardinals for a total of five seasons, including the 2008 campaign in which he helped the franchise reach their one and only appearance in the Super Bowl.
Film about former Arizona Cardinals QB Kurt Warner to release in December
Warner, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017, has one of the most unique stories of any player to ever step on an NFL field.
His college career was spent at the University of Northern Iowa, which is not exactly known as a powerhouse college football program.
After going undrafted in 1994, Warner was given a shot to try out for the Green Bay Packers. It was a great opportunity, but he didn’t end up being among the players selected for the Packers’ regular-season roster.
The former Arizona quarterback then spent some time in the Arena Football League and NFL Europe before getting his big break with the Rams in 1999. Warner was forced into St. Louis’ starting lineup after the team’s starting signal-caller, Trent Green, suffered a torn ACL in the preseason.
All that happened next was a magical 1999 season with the Rams that resulted in Warner being awarded the NFL MVP and the Super Bowl MVP after he helped lead the franchise to their first-ever Vince Lombardi trophy.
This is only a brief summary of the early part of Warner’s football career. A movie about his life would have to be made in order to get a full understanding of everything that he was able to overcome in order to reach the top of the NFL mountain.
Well, luckily, a movie about Warner’s life actually has been filmed and it is set to release later this year, on December 10.
The movie is currently titled “American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story,” and it stars Zachary Levi (as Warner), Anna Paquin (as Brenda Warner), and Dennis Quaid (as Dick Vermeil). The film is being released by Lionsgate and it’s based on Warner’s book “All Things Possible.”
It will be interesting to see which portions of his time with Arizona are included in the movie. Hopefully, they didn’t feel the need to re-create his final appearance in a Cardinals uniform against the New Orleans Saints in the 2009 playoffs. No one needs to be reminded about that game.