Kurt Warner has not only had quite a career, he’s just had quite a season. From starting the season as a guy to had to fight for the QB job in training camp, to now being one game away from a second Super Bowl title, it seems that Warner has just about seen it all in the course of the 2008 season.
Warner hasn’t been in the big game since the 2001 season when the Rams were upset by the New England Patriots. Warner had a big game that night in New Orleans, throwing for 365 yards and a TD along with two picks and a rushing touchdown. Even though it’s been seven seasons since that game, he feels that he can take that experience and pass it along to his teammates this week.
“Unlike probably the other two, and I know definitely the first one, this one up to this point, was really kind of like business as usual, that I really felt like I was just going on a road trip and I haven’t felt the whole Super Bowl thing as of yet,” Warner said. “I’m sure as we go through today and we get into tomorrow and media day and go out to the stadium, then I’m sure the emotions will come back a little bit. Right now, it’s more just I want to get back to work. I want to get back on the football field. I’m excited about this week and the opportunity and playing against a great team in the Steelers. You just kind of want to get to it.”
Warner is the ring leader in the Cardinals circus. He’ll have to answer all week long about being the veteran leader on a team with a number of players who have never even been close to playing in a game this big. His opponent on the other side in the Steelers played in the big game just three years ago. The Cardinals – let’s just say the whole “Super Bowl” thing is a little new to them.
The parties will come and go, but being a part of history is something that’s special. I hope that guys embrace that and understand that and understand that all those things will be there when this week is over,” he said. “I hope they really take this for what it is and we can go out and play our best football and Pittsburgh can come out and play their best football and may the best team win.”
And Warner is hoping that the best team on Sunday is his Cardinals, as a win over the Steelers would for sure be the icing on the cake for a season that’s been more like a Hollywood script. None of that will matter come kickoff Sunday night in Tampa.