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article imageNFL: Kurt Warner announces his retirement

By Michael Bearak     Jan 29, 2010 in Sports
It was long suspected that Kurt Warner would retire when the Arizona Cardinals' season was over. Friday almost two weeks after the Cardinals lost the New Orleans Saints Warner made it official.
Digital Journal reported the initial rumors of Kurt Warner's possible retirement back on January 10, 2010. Now 28 days later the 12 year journey of a man who once stocked the shelves in a super market in 1994 after being cut by the Green Bay Packers during camp.
After being cut he eventually emerged with the St. Louis Rams and led them to two Super Bowls, winning the first. He was an integral part of the "Greatest Show on Turf." Last season he led the Arizona Cardinals to the Super Bowl as well, after being written off as washed up.
Alway deeply religious he brought the Bible to every post-game news conference. Now with one year left on his contract he has decided to walk away. The irony was that this last victory came against the first team that cut him in the NFL, the Green Bay Packers in the wild-card game this year, an amazing overtime thriller.
Only one other player besides Warner has ever thrown for 100 touchdowns and 14,000 yards for two teams, and that was Fran Tarkenton. In Warner's 124 regular-season games, Warner threw for 32,344 yards and 208 touchdowns, he also completed 65.5 percent of his passes.
In the end Kurt Warner knows how he wants to be remembered and when asked he says when people talk about him he wants people to say, "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."
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