Kurt Warner, NFL Quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals, recently announced his retirement from the NFL. What was his reason for his retirement? Keep reading to know all the details about Kurt Warner’s life plus photos and video Below.
The thirty eight year old quarterback from the Arizona Cardinals said goodbye to the NFL, surrounded by teammates, staff, fans, friends, his wife, seven children while at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Arizona after months that rumors began mentioning his alleged retirement.
Kurt Warner’s story with the Cardinals started in 2005, when he signed a one year deal worth 4 million dollars, after his short period with the New York Giants. The next year he re-signed with them for three more years and 18 million more. In 2006, Kurt won the NFC Offensive Player of the Week Award.
In 2008, with Kurt’s help, the Cardinals won for the first time in the post season since the 1940’s, and the first time at the Super Bowl. It wasn’t the first for Kurt with other teams though, he had gone to the Super Bowl previously with the Rams. Kurt personally won FedEx Air Player of the Week Awards and the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award (award given for his volunteer work and his Charity foundation).
In 2009 the Cardinals made a two year deal for 20 million dollars, but the San Francisco 49ers doubled the offer, although we don’t know for sure how much $$$$ it was; Kurt ended up re- signing again with the Cardinals for two more years and 23 million more. In this season Kurt had some really amazing performances (broke the NFL single game record, 1st QB to throw over 14.000, 5 TD’s in one game) and also was named to the NFC team in the 2010 Pro Bowl. Due to his charity work he won the Muhammad Ali Sports Leadership Award and the Most Caring Athlete for 2009 selected by USA WEEKEND for his work in his foundation named First Things First, a Christian charitable foundation.
On January 29, 2010 Kurt Warner announced his retirement, but the world will remember Kurt Warner’s farewell speech, who decided to do this in order to spend more time with his wife Brenda and their seven kids.
"It’s been an amazing ride," Warner said. "I don’t think I could have dreamt it would have played out like it has, but I’ve been humbled every day that I woke up the last 12 years and amazed that God would choose to use me to do what he’s given me the opportunity to do."
"I’ve played 12 years, I’m a 38 years old and I believe I was playing at as high a level now and over the last two years as I was playing when I first got into the league," he said. "That’s something I’m proud of."
"It’s not the way I threw the football, it’s not particular games that I won, but that they remember that here’s a guy that believed, that worked hard," he said. " Although things didn’t always go in his favor, he continued to press through, and with his faith in himself and his faith in God, he was able to accomplish great things."
Kurt is a strong faithful Christian and thanked God for his achievements, and we thank God for you and your family, Kurt!!
Take a look at some photos and Video Below.
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