After years of waiting for an NFL opportunity, Kurt Warner’s finally arrived.
He had been cut by the Green Bay Packers, stocked shelves in an Iowa grocery store, starred in the Arena Football League, and played in NFL Europe.
When St. Louis Rams quarterback Trent Green suffered a knee injury late in the 1999 preseason, the then 28-year-old Warner was tabbed to start. He was confident but also nervous.
“I knew, unlike other guys, I wasn’t getting another chance,” Warner said Thursday. “This was it. This was my one chance.”
Warner made the most of it.
He set NFL passing records and was voted the league’s most valuable player while leading the Rams to a Super...