Kurt Warner's remarkable story binds two generations of Hall of Fame QBs

Kurt Warner

Kurt Warner's remarkable story binds two generations of Hall of Fame QBs

"I hope this inspires you", Warner said to his kids. However, most of his success came with the Rams.

Warner began his speech going through his early years playing football, including in high school when he had hopes of playing wide receiver and when he was learning how to get hit in the pocket.

It should go without saying what a class act former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner is. "I felt like that is what I was born to do".

His journey then took him to NFL Europe where he starred in one of the NFL's former developmental leagues.

Former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner speaks next to a bust of him during inductions at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, in Canton, Ohio.

He went to training camp with the Packers as an undrafted free agent, but was released from a team that included quarterbacks Brett Favre, Mark Brunell and Ty Detmer.

Green's preseason injury opened the door, and Rams coach Dick Vermeil turned to Warner. "Living up to another person's expectation or living up to a model of what people think you are, even if it's better than who you really think you are, that to me is the greatest responsibility you can have".

Suddenly Warner was a starter, and the Rams took off, evolving into "The Greatest Show on Turf".

In between St. Louis and Arizona was a brief stop with the New York Giants, where his style didn't really fit the system and he was benched in favor of rookie Eli Manning. It was there where he first made a name for himself, leading the Barnstormers to two Arena Bowl appearances and three memorable seasons that landed him in the Arena Football Hall of Fame.

"To have the opportunity to be a part of helping change the culture of two organizations is by far the crown jewel of my entire career", he said. He now works as a broadcaster.

By the time he called it quits after the 2009 season, he had led the Rams to two Super Bowls, winning one, and had guided the long-downtrodden Arizona Cardinals to their only Super Bowl appearance, almost winning it.

"You could see the two-time MVP, Super Bowl champion, Super Bowl MVP, you're kind of just in awe", Fitzgerald said.

"It was a special moment for all of us, and to see one of our teammates get inducted, it's nearly too much for words", said Scott Derflinger. "Those expectations come with it, but don't let that be what drives you and pushes you and what you chase after".

And he knows his story might inspire others to not be deterred from achieving their goals, regardless of setbacks. "But I think the awe moment with all of this is to realize that these guys who you tried to emulate, grew up watching that were your heroes growing up, actually know your story".

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