Kurt Warner went from grocery store stockboy to Super Bowl champion in an incredible career. Now the former Northern Iowa backup quarterback can add another accolade to his resume: Hall of Famer.
The two-time NFL MVP was one of five members of the league’s 2017 Hall of Fame class, eight years after ending his professional career.
Warner’s journey into the spotlight took a long and twisting path. He was a lightly-regarded prospect after starting just a single year at FCS Northern Iowa. He had a brief stint with the Packers the summer after his graduation, but couldn’t find a spot with the team and instead ended up with the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League.
His three seasons in the AFL ended with a pair of all-league selections and an eventual place in the organization’s Hall of Fame. His success led him back to the NFL, but the Rams allocated him to the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe. His solid performance in 10 games overseas landed him a full time gig as Trent Green’s backup in Saint Louis for 1999.
After one underwhelming season in relief, he stepped into the team’s starting role when Green tore his ACL in a preseason game. Warner didn’t disappoint. He earned regular season and Super Bowl MVP honors after leading the Rams to a NFL title and threw for a league-high 41 touchdowns. Two seasons later, he repeated as MVP after throwing for more than 300 yards per game and leading his team to its second Super Bowl appearance in three years.
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Source: Super Bowl Nation