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Kurt Warner
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Kurt Warner during a 2007 speech.
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Personal information
Date of birth: June 22, 1971 (1971-06-22) (age 50)
Place of birth: Burlington, Iowa
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 214 lb (97 kg)
Career information
College: Northern Iowa
Undrafted in 1994
Debuted in 1998 for the St. Louis Rams
Last played in 2009 for the Arizona Cardinals
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • Rated #90 NFL player of all-time by (#27 in Public Vote)
  • GFC Player of the Year (1993)
  • Pro Bowl selection (1999, 2000, 2001, 2008)
  • AP NFL MVP (1999, 2001)
  • NEA NFL MVP (1999, 2001, 2008)
  • PFWA MVP (1999)
  • 2× First-team All-Pro (1999, 2001)
  • Super Bowl MVP (XXXIV)
  • Super Bowl champion (XXXIV)
  • Walter Payton Man of the Year Award (2008)
  • Bart Starr Man of the Year Award (2009)
  • At least 100 TD passes for two different teams (St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals)
  • First QB to throw 3 TD passes in each of his first 3 games
  • Most yards passing in a playoff campaign (1,156 in 2008)
  • Holds top 3 passing records for Super Bowl games
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Pass attempts 4,070
Pass completions 2,666
Percentage 65.5
TD-INT 208–128
Passing yards 32,344
QB Rating 93.7
Stats at

Kurtis Eugene Warner (born June 22, 1971) is an American former football quarterback. He played for three National Football League (NFL) teams: the St. Louis Rams, the New York Giants, and the Arizona Cardinals. He was originally signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 1994 after playing college football at Northern Iowa.

Warner went on to be considered the best undrafted NFL player of all time, following a 12-year career regarded as one of the greatest stories in NFL history. Warner was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017, and is the only person inducted into both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Arena Football Hall of Fame.

Warner first attained stardom while playing for the St. Louis Rams from 1998 to 2003, where he won NFL MVP awards in 1999 and 2001 as well as the Super Bowl MVP award in Super Bowl XXXIV when he and the Rams beat the Tennessee Titans. He led the 2008 Arizona Cardinals to Super Bowl XLIII (the franchise's first Super Bowl berth), and owns three of the top five highest single-game passing yardage totals in Super Bowl history.

Warner is one of only two quarterbacks to win the Super Bowl in their first season as a starter, the other being Tom Brady. He is also the only undrafted player in NFL history to win the NFL MVP award, and the only undrafted quarterback to lead his team to a Super Bowl victory. Warner currently holds the tenth-highest career passer rating of all-time, and the fourth-highest career completion percentage in NFL history.

He announced his retirement after the conclusion of the 2009 season.

Early life

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Kurt Warner signs a cranial for a crew member aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship 2005

Kurt Warner was born to Gene and Sue Warner. Warner's parents divorced when he was six. Kurt and his brother lived with their mother.

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

High school and college

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Kurt Warner 2005

Born in Burlington, Iowa, Warner played football at Regis High School in Cedar Rapids, graduating in 1989.

After graduation from high school, he attended the University of Northern Iowa, graduating in 1993. At UNI, Warner was third on the Panthers' depth chart until his senior year. When Warner was finally given the chance to start, he was named the Gateway Conference's Offensive Player of the Year.

Warner graduated from University of Northern Iowa in 1993 with a degree in communications.

During college, Warner met his future wife, Brenda Carney Meoni; they married on October 11, 1997. Brenda is a former United States Marine Corps corporal.

Early career

Kurt Warner (2009 Pro Bowl)
Kurt Warner 2009 Pro Bowl

Following his college career, Warner went undrafted in the 1994 NFL Draft. He was invited to try out for the Green Bay Packers' training camp in 1994, but was released before the regular season began. Warner was competing for a spot against Brett Favre, Mark Brunell, and former Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer.

After his release, Warner stocked shelves at a Hy-Vee grocery store in Cedar Falls for $5.50 an hour. Warner often cites this starting point when telling of his rise to NFL stardom in 1999.

He also mentions that his deepened dedication to Christianity occurred around 1997.

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 inducted into the St.Louis Sports hall of fame 2014

With no NFL teams willing to give him a chance, Warner turned to the Arena Football League (AFL) in 1995, and signed with the Iowa Barnstormers. He 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. Warner's performance was so impressive that he was later named twelfth out of the 20 Best Arena Football Players of all time.

Before the 1997 AFL season, Warner requested and got a tryout with the Chicago Bears, but an injury to his throwing elbow caused by a spider bite sustained during his honeymoon prevented him from attending.

In 2000, after Warner's breakout NFL season, the AFL used his new fame for the name of its first widely available video game, Kurt Warner's Arena Football Unleashed. On August 12, 2011, he was named as an inductee into the Arena Football Hall of Fame.


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Kurt and Brenda Warner 2005

Warner officially announced his retirement from the National Football League in January 2010. He 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. He spoke on the impact and influence of his family, former teammates, and God.

He became eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame following the 2014 season. In December 2014, 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.

US Navy 050212-N-8629M-160 Lt. Allison Johnson, center, poses with New York Giants quarterback Kurt Warner, left, and wide receiver Amani Toomer during their visit aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Me
New York Giants quarterback Kurt Warner, left, and wide receiver Amani Toomer during their visit aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship

Warner became an Iowa Barnstormers broadcaster for the 2011 Arena Football League season. In May 2010 he was inducted into the Arena Football Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Iowa Barnstormers Hall of Fame.

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

On February 4, Warner was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in their Class of 2017. On August 5, 2017 Kurt Warner was officially inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is the only person inducted into both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Arena Football Hall of Fame.

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