Paradise Valley, AZ, USA
School: Regis High, University of Northern Iowa
Work: Arizona Cardinals, New York Giants, St. Louis Rams, Hy-Vee
Links: Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, www.kurtwarner.org
Born June 22, 1971, Kurtis Eugene Warner was an American football player, undrafted out of the University of Northern Iowa. He is noted for his 3 Super Bowl appearances as quarterback with the St Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals, as well as his Christian faith and charitable work.
Raised in Iowa, Kurt Warner attended Regis High in Cedar Rapids and graduated UNI with a degree in communications. Undrafted into the NFL, he tried out for the Green Bay Packers and was released. Warner stocked shelves at a Hy-Vee grocery store before getting the opportunity to play in the Arena Football League and NFL Europe. In 1999, he inherited the role of starting quarterback after a preseason injury to Trent Green and would lead the St. Louis Rams to victory in Super Bowl XXXIV. Warner would return to the Super Bowl with the Rams in 2001 and Cardinals in 2008.
The 4-time Pro Bowl selection (1999, 2000, 2001, 2008) was Super Bowl MVP (2000), NFL MVP (1999, 2001), Walter Payton Man of the Year (2008) and Bart Starr Man of the Year (2009). Warner holds the NFL Super Bowl records for most passing yards (414 yards), second most passing yards (377) and third most passing yards (365). He had the highest completion percentage in a single game (92.3%), most consecutive games with +300 yards and was the fastest player to pass for 30,000 yards (114 games). His 11 postseason touchdown passes (2009) also tied the record set by Joe Montana and Joe Flacco. The quarterback retired after the 2009 season and was added to the Arizona Cardinals’ Ring of Honor in September 2014.
In 2001, Warner created the First Things First Foundation as a community outreach program to promote Christian values and share blessings with those in need.
“So much of life is about having an impact, touching the lives of those around you. Being good at what you do or making money along the way is great, but that impression that you make is what still has the greatest impact.”