It was a storied career that included bagging groceries, playing in the Arena League, NFL Europe, and finally winning a league MVP award, a Super Bowl, and losing two others. Finally on Friday, the 12-year storied career of Kurt Warner has come to an end.
Friday afternoon at a press conference in Tempe, Arizona, Warner announced his retirement from pro football. With his large family of his wife and 7 children by his side, the 38-year-old walks away with once heck of a story and a career that was filled with plenty of ups and downs.
Warner leaves with a year left on a two-year, $23 million contract, and stated that he knows he still had the skills to play at the highest level, but felt that this was the right move and the right time. “There’s no question in my mind that I am doing what I am supposed to do,” Warner said.
In 124 regular-season games, Warner completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 32,344 yards and 208 touchdowns. He and Fran Tarkenton are the only NFL quarterbacks to throw for 100 touchdowns and 14,000 yards for two teams.
He has the top three passing performances in Super Bowl history. His 1,156 yards passing in the 2008 playoffs broke the NFL record of 1,063 he set with St. Louis in 1999.
“I prayed about it, I talked to my wife about it, and I believe it’s the right time,” Warner said. “These last three years (as a member of the Cardinals), has really finished the story.”
Now all that’s left is to wear a jacket on the steps of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.