100 Facts About Kurt Warner


Kurtis Eugene Warner was born on June 22,1971 and is an American former football quarterback who played in the National Football League for 12 seasons, primarily with the St Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals.


Kurt Warner was signed by the Green Bay Packers in 1994, but released before the regular season and instead played three seasons for the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League.


Kurt Warner landed his first NFL roster spot in 1998 with the Rams, holding a backup position until he was thrust into becoming St Louis's starter the following season.


Kurt Warner was the first quarterback to win a Super Bowl during his first season as the primary starter.


Kurt Warner was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017 and is the only player inducted to both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Arena Football Hall of Fame.


At UNI, Kurt Warner was third on the Panthers' depth chart until his senior year.


When Kurt Warner was finally given the chance to start, he was named the Gateway Conference's Offensive Player of the Year and first-team all-conference.


Kurt Warner was invited to try out for the Green Bay Packers' training camp in 1994, but was released before the regular season began.


Kurt Warner was competing for a spot against Brett Favre, Mark Brunell, and former Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer.


Kurt Warner often cites this starting point when telling of his rise to NFL stardom in 1999.


Kurt Warner returned to Northern Iowa and worked as a graduate assistant coach with the football team, while still hoping to get another tryout with an NFL team.


Kurt Warner was named to the AFL's First-team All-Arena in both 1996 and 1997 after he led the Barnstormers to ArenaBowl appearances in both seasons.


Kurt Warner's performance was so impressive that he was later named twelfth out of the 20 Best Arena Football Players of all time.


In December 1997 after the St Louis Rams' season ended, Kurt Warner signed a futures contract with the team.


Kurt Warner ended his season completing only 4 of 11 pass attempts for 39 yards and a 47.2 QB rating.


Kurt Warner went unselected by the Cleveland Browns, who chose no Rams and whose only quarterback selection was Scott Milanovich.


Banks was traded to the Ravens, and Kurt Warner now found himself second on the depth chart.


Kurt Warner threw three touchdown passes in each of his first three NFL starts, an NFL record until it was surpassed by Patrick Mahomes in 2018.


Kurt Warner drew more attention in the Rams' fourth game of the season, a home game against the San Francisco 49ers.


Kurt Warner set a Super Bowl record by attempting 45 passes without a single interception.


Kurt Warner was the last player to win both the NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP in the same year until Patrick Mahomes did so in Super Bowl LVII in 2022.


Kurt Warner started the 2000 season where he had left off in his record-setting 1999 season, racking up 300 or more passing yards in each of his first six games and posting 19 touchdown passes in that stretch.


Kurt Warner was named the NFL MVP for the second time in three seasons, giving the Rams their third winner in as many years.


Kurt Warner attempted to come back later in the season, but his injury allowed him to play only two more games.


In contrast to his 103.0 career passer rating entering the season, Kurt Warner posted a minuscule 67.4 rating in 2002.


Kurt Warner later revealed that he had previously broken his hand and that it had not fully healed, making it more difficult to grip the football.


Kurt Warner started the 2004 season as the Giants' starting quarterback, winning five of his first seven games, but following a two-game losing streak, highly touted rookie quarterback Eli Manning was given the starting job.


In early 2005, Kurt Warner signed a one-year, $4-million contract with the Arizona Cardinals, and was quickly named the starter by coach Dennis Green.


Kurt Warner posted three relatively mediocre performances before injuring his groin and being replaced by former starter Josh McCown.


McCown performed well enough in the two games Kurt Warner missed that McCown remained the starter.


Kurt Warner passed for 285 yards and three touchdowns while posting a quarterback rating of 115.9.


Kurt Warner's season ended in week 15 when he partially tore his MCL.


Kurt Warner signed a new three-year extension with the Cardinals on February 14,2006.


In Week 1 of the 2006 NFL season, Kurt Warner won the NFC Offensive Player of the Week award, throwing for 301 yards and three touchdowns in a win over San Francisco.


Two weeks later, Kurt Warner passed the 20,000-yard passing milestone in his 76th game, the second-quickest of any player in NFL history.


Coach Dennis Green stated that Kurt Warner would be the backup quarterback for the remainder of the season.


Kurt Warner filled in nicely, as he was able to hang on for the Cardinals win.


Kurt Warner led a furious comeback, as he completed 15 of 20 passes for 258 yards and 2 touchdowns.


On September 30,2007, during the week four game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Kurt Warner relieved Leinart again, following another ineffective start.


Kurt Warner finished with 14 completed of 21 attempts for 132 yards with one touchdown pass and no interceptions, while Leinart re-entered the game in the 4th quarter and led the Cardinals to their final touchdown.


Kurt Warner finished the 2007 season with 27 passing touchdowns, just one shy of the Cardinals franchise record.


Leinart was named the Cardinals' starting quarterback going into the 2008 off-season, but Ken Whisenhunt stated that it would be very possible for Kurt Warner to be the starter before week one of the regular season.


Indeed, Kurt Warner was named the starter on August 30,2008.


Kurt Warner was the top ranked passer in the National Football Conference for the third time, and only trailed Philip Rivers and Chad Pennington of the AFC in NFL passer rating for the season.


Kurt Warner received FedEx Air Player of the Week honors for his performance during weeks 9 and 11 of the season.


Kurt Warner had his struggles during the season, as in week 3 of the season vs the New York Jets, his team turned the ball over 7 times.


Kurt Warner is one of four quarterbacks who made Super Bowl starts with two teams.


Kurt Warner had now recorded the three highest single-game passing yardage totals in the history of the Super Bowl, and joined Roger Staubach, Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana, John Elway, and Tom Brady as the only quarterbacks to throw a touchdown pass in three Super Bowls.


Kurt Warner took his team to the Super Bowl every year that he played as the starting quarterback during all regular and post season games.


Kurt Warner announced his desire to return to the Cardinals for the 2009 season.


The Cardinals offered him a two-year contract worth around $20 million but Kurt Warner was looking for a contract that would pay him about $14 million a year and the two sides could not come to an agreement.


On February 27,2009, Kurt Warner became a free agent and went on to have talks with the San Francisco 49ers.


Kurt Warner underwent arthroscopic hip surgery to repair a torn labrum on March 17,2009.


On September 20,2009, Kurt Warner broke the NFL's single-game record for completion percentage in the regular season, completing 24 of 26 passing for 243 yards and two touchdowns.


On November 1,2009, Kurt Warner threw a career-high-equaling five interceptions during a loss to the Carolina Panthers.


Kurt Warner continued to suffer from post-concussion symptoms and on November 29,2009, he was deactivated against the Tennessee Titans, breaking his consecutive starts streak at 41 games.


Kurt Warner registered his fourth consecutive game with a passer rating of 120 or better, making him only the second quarterback in NFL history to accomplish the feat.


On December 29,2009, Kurt Warner was named an alternate quarterback for the NFC team in the 2010 Pro Bowl.


Kurt Warner became one of the very few quarterbacks in NFL history to throw more touchdowns than incompletions in a playoff game.


Kurt Warner finished the game with the second highest quarterback rating in NFL playoff history with a rating of 154.1.


Kurt Warner became the second quarterback to throw for five touchdown passes in a playoff game twice, and the first to do so since the merger of the leagues.


Kurt Warner is the oldest player to have thrown that many touchdown passes in a playoff game.


Kurt Warner tied the NFL record for consecutive playoff games with at least three touchdown passes.


Kurt Warner returned for the second half, but yielded to understudy Matt Leinart midway through the fourth quarter.


Kurt Warner officially announced his retirement from the NFL in January 2010.


Kurt Warner said he was looking forward to finally being a true father to his seven kids, and that he wanted to spend time with his wife.


Kurt Warner spoke on the impact and influence of his family, former teammates, and God.


Kurt Warner became eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame following the 2014 season.


In December 2014, Kurt Warner admitted he briefly considered coming out of retirement and returning to the Cardinals following the team losing Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton due to injuries.


Kurt Warner became an Iowa Barnstormers broadcaster for the 2011 Arena Football League season.


Kurt Warner is a member of the Iowa Barnstormers Hall of Fame.


Kurt Warner was inducted into the St Louis Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.


Kurt Warner was selected for induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2017.


Kurt Warner was inducted on August 5,2017, alongside Morten Andersen, Terrell Davis, Kenny Easley, Jerry Jones, Jason Taylor, and LaDainian Tomlinson.


Kurt Warner is the only person inducted into both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Arena Football Hall of Fame.


From 2015 to 2018, Kurt Warner was a coach at Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Arizona.


Notably, Kedon Slovis played under Kurt Warner before being recruited by the USC Trojans for the 2019 college football season.


Since 2019, Kurt Warner has been the quarterbacks coach at Brophy College Preparatory.


Kurt Warner graduated in 1989 from Regis High School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he was quarterback of the school's Class 3A football team.


Kurt Warner graduated from University of Northern Iowa with a degree in communications.


Kurt Warner was divorced with two children, one of whom was left brain damaged and blind after being accidentally dropped by Brenda's ex-husband, leading to her hardship discharge from the Marines in 1990.


Kurt Warner was still hoping to get an NFL tryout, but with that possibility appearing dim and the long hours at Hy-Vee for minimum wage taking their toll, Kurt Warner began his Arena League career.


Nine years later, upon leading the Cardinals to the franchise's first-ever Super Bowl, Kurt Warner's response was similar:.


Kurt Warner has usually attended charismatic churches, and believes that God healed him from a concussion he suffered in 2000.


Kurt Warner can be seen regularly on NFL Total Access, as well as in-studio on NFL Network's Thursday Night Football pregame show, Thursday Night Kickoff Presented by Sears.


Kurt Warner served as an analyst for the NFL Network's coverage of the 2010 Arena Football League playoffs.


Kurt Warner tested positive for COVID-19 in January 2021, and was unable to serve on the studio panel for NFL GameDay Morning for the wild card playoff round.


Kurt Warner teamed with play-by-play announcers Chris Rose or Chris Myers to call regional games.


On January 27,2009, Kurt Warner made a special appearance on the NBC reality show The Biggest Loser.


Kurt Warner made a guest appearance on Disney's The Suite Life on Deck as himself, in the episode "Any Given Fantasy" which aired on January 18,2010.


On February 9,2010, Kurt Warner was a surprise guest on the final episode of The Jay Leno Show.


Kurt Warner appeared as the host of The Moment, a reality series on USA Network, in 2013.


The series was sponsored by Kurt Warner, and focused on religious faith and moral values.


Kurt Warner has appeared in several public service announcements for Civitan International, promoting his and Brenda's volunteer efforts and their work with the developmentally disabled.


Kurt Warner has devoted time and money to his First Things First Foundation, the name of which was derived from his interview after winning the Super Bowl in 1999.


In March 2009, Kurt Warner was honored with the Muhammad Ali Sports Leadership Award.


Kurt Warner was selected by USA Weekend as the winner of its annual Most Caring Athlete Award for 2009.


In December 2009, Kurt Warner topped a Sports Illustrated poll of NFL players to name the best role model on and off the field in the NFL.


In February 2010, Kurt Warner received the annual Bart Starr Award, given for outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community.


At the award presentation, Bart Starr said of Kurt Warner: "We have never given this award to anyone who is more deserving".