Monday, January 19, 2009

Hall of Fame Lock

I have always admired Kurt Warner's outright boldness concerning his faith in Christ. His journey from Hy-Vee stock boy to Superbowl Champion and MVP and two-time NFL MVP was incredible. Honestly though, after he left St. Louis it seemed like the flash in the pan career was over, as amazing as the 4 year span was. Could Warner have made the Hall of Fame based on his brief, though statistically prolific, St. Louis run? I don't think so.

A cast-0ff once more he signed with the beleaguered Arizona Cardinals a few years ago, most likely destined to hold a clip board on the way to retirement. The only thing the Cardinals were good for was signing aging "has been" players. I was kind of sad to see Warner go there knowing he would probably end his career fumbling allot and eventually getting hurt. At the beginning of this season he was competing for the starting QB position and it didn't look promising. Good grief, the guy is older than me!

Well now, things have changed! Warner has had his second most prolific passing year with a lesser cast than he had in St. Louis, and at age 37! He has led his team to the Superbowl!

Should Warner make the Hall of Fame now? Absolutely. His passer rating is higher than many current Hall of Fame QB's and he is quickly approaching 30,000 total yards passing in just 11 seasons- keep in mind he really only played more than 6 games in 7 of those seasons, some of which he played less than 12 games! Compare that to Hall of Famer Troy Aikman who played 12 full seasons and only has 4000 more yards than Warner. Oh, by the way, Warner has something like 30 more total regular season TD's than Aikman in 5 less seasons played! The most important accomplishment, however, is leading his teams to three Superbowl's. He has already won one.

No question, no matter what happens in the upcoming Superbowl and despite those girly-looking gloves he wears- Warner is a Hall of Fame lock.


Rick Calohan said...

As a lifelong Steelers fans since moments before the opening kickoff of Super Bowl IX (that is the number 9 for those Roman Numeral Challenged readers) I will be rooting for the Steelers, however kudos to Kurt Warner and the Arizona Cardinals for defeating the NFL equivalent of Obama in Donavan McNabb and the Philadelphia Eagles. As for Warner going into the Hall of Fame, you bring up a good case for it to be, however professions of faith are seldom in the sportswriters minds when making a selection.

Reepicheep said...

Warner should make the Hall based on stats and championships. Profession of faith has nothing to do with it.

Go Cards!

pjw said...

I think it's interesting that this is Kurt Warner's second trip to the Super Bowl-the other one being with the St. Louis Rams, who used to be the St. Louis Cardinals. Also, I read today that both QBs are professing Christians.

Frontier Forest said...

I follow football about like farmer follows a fascinating Frisbee championship, but Warner’s comeback and his uncompromising testimony for Christ is indeed, a breath of fresh air!