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Warner makes a strong closing argument for Canton

Accepting as accurate the report that Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner will call it quits (unless he doesn’t) after the current playoffs, his performance on Sunday against the Packers has clinched his case for eventually wearing a mustard jacket on a hot day in Northeastern Ohio.

Warner has completed 24 of 28 passes for 312 yards and five touchdowns against the Packers.

His team leads by seven with plenty of time left.

Regardless of what happens today, Warner has done enough in an amazing final three years of his career to overcome what Peter King calls the “donut hole” in Warner’s career — the 2002, 2003, and 2004 seasons.

Meanwhile, enjoy Warner’s work while you can.  Super Bowl win or not, he’s going out in style.

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44 Responses to “Warner makes a strong closing argument for Canton”
  1. Bwa Ha Ha says: Jan 10, 2010 7:43 PM

    He deserves to be in

  2. Fan_Of_ Four says: Jan 10, 2010 7:43 PM

    Why the hell would he quit ?

  3. favrecansuckit says: Jan 10, 2010 7:50 PM

    Totally agree

  4. says: Jan 10, 2010 7:50 PM

    does he go in as a Ram or Cardinal is the question?

  5. Gweez says: Jan 10, 2010 7:51 PM

    Guys a HOFer. Plenty of RB’s have 3 crappy season’s. Dddes been to 3 SB’s.
    He can’t do anything at the slightest hint of pressure but keep his jersey clean and he’s a beast.

  6. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Jan 10, 2010 7:54 PM

    How big is this coin toss?

  7. jersey73 says: Jan 10, 2010 7:56 PM

    Warner is a great QB with a great story. I hope he gets into the hall. It would be great for the hall to be able to discuss his NFL, Arena, and WFL experience.
    If (and hopefully when) he gets in, he won’t be a first ballot.

  8. danielcp0303 says: Jan 10, 2010 7:58 PM

    Yeah right, the last game against the Packers will be the deciding factor that does or doesn’t get him into the Hall Of Fame. He was a Hall of Famer before tonight, he’ll get in easy.

  9. BigBaldPapaHawk says: Jan 10, 2010 8:18 PM

    Warner is a class act. The man has already accomplished plenty to make it to Canton.

  10. andfitch82 says: Jan 10, 2010 8:26 PM

    I couldn’t agree more. He didn’t even need tonight to get into the Hall of Fame.
    This guy has a career 93 passer rating, has thrown for over 32,500 yards, and has thrown over 200 touchdowns in his career. A short career of only a decade.
    In a ten year span he has done that and also led the greatest show on turf to a Superbowl? Won 3 MVP’s plus a Superbowl MVP? 5 Time Pro Bowl selection?
    There are guys in Canton who have done less. Kurt Warner is a sure shot.

  11. Marvin Berry says: Jan 10, 2010 8:27 PM

    The big man upstairs has made his HoF run possible.

  12. Real Football Fan says: Jan 10, 2010 8:27 PM

    He should go. he’s the greatest post-season QB of our generation, and arguably the best of all time. Sure, he’s had great receivers, but I’ve never seen a QB thrive with the game on the line like him, with 2 of the perennially worst franchises of all time.
    In my opinion, the only person with a legitimate argument is Montanna because of his late career achievements in KC.
    Also, don’t forget that both those Super Bowl losses in the end could have been victories, if he had decent defenses because he drove each team to a tie or lead late in the game.

  13. Chief3 says: Jan 10, 2010 8:34 PM

    If he is not a first round HOF’er no one is. People just won’t give him the respect he deserves. Compare his career stats against the modern HOF QB’s and he has better stats than most of those in the HOF.

  14. bucc19 says: Jan 10, 2010 8:38 PM

    does he go in as a Ram or Cardinal is the question?
    He will go in as Kurt Warner, the Hall of Fame votes you in as the player, not which team you were on. It’s really not their choice.

  15. Bob Loblaw says: Jan 10, 2010 8:38 PM

    I was actually of the opinion that Kurt Warner was borderline, but not deserving. But after watching today’s games and hearing his playoff stats (top 3 passing games in Syuper Bowl history, 9-3 record with two teams), I think he’s deserving.

  16. bucc19 says: Jan 10, 2010 8:40 PM

    I don’t know how he can’t? The guy has won everywhere he’s been and he’s stayed CLASSY throughout all the crap he’s been through. If anyone one had a reason to “stick it” to anyone it was him, but he ALWAYS stayed forthright and classy…he deserves Hall of Fame..first ballot.

  17. packers4life says: Jan 10, 2010 8:42 PM

    Kurt Warner was lights out today. Congrats from a Packer fan, Kurt. Have always been a big fan of you!

  18. Stetson wears panties says: Jan 10, 2010 8:46 PM

    If you get benched for Marc Bulger, and then cut, it is saying something….
    Buy him a ticket.

  19. Giants010 says: Jan 10, 2010 8:48 PM

    He will go into the HOF, but not on a first ballot. Only way to make it on the first ballot for him is to win a second ring, then he is a sure thing.

  20. wrath4771 says: Jan 10, 2010 8:49 PM

    I think what everyone forgot going into this game was that “Playoff” Warner was going to show up. That guy is on three different levels than Kurt Warner, who by the way – not exactly a bad quarterback.

  21. TheRealARod says: Jan 10, 2010 8:57 PM

    I wanna say I agree with Bob Loblaw and had many arguments with my friends that I did not believe Warner was a HOF player. But now, after seeing what he did to my team, and all of the other post-season success he has had he is deff worthy in my book.

  22. Mrubalto says: Jan 10, 2010 9:03 PM

    Kurt Warner—a true role model for young kids everywhere…. Luv this guy.. !

  23. swervinmervin says: Jan 10, 2010 9:18 PM

    Peter King is an idiot. He’s still pushing to get Steve Grogan in, but doesn’t think Warner deserves it? Tell King to go back to Cheers and sit next to Cliff.

  24. HINDS57 says: Jan 10, 2010 9:26 PM

    OH MY NOT A QB WONDERING ALOUD IF THEY SHOULD RETIRE! However he should get in the HOF the first year! He holds the record for the most concussions of an active QB!

  25. GoBrowns19 says: Jan 10, 2010 9:41 PM

    Never a better headline Florio. I thought he should be in before this game…this just proves it to others.

  26. NightTrainNeckTie says: Jan 10, 2010 10:16 PM

    I have no allegiances to Kurt Warner, here is a completely unbias and factual case to counter act the “donut hole” argument:
    He holds the top 3 passing days in Super Bowl History.
    He is the only QB in NFL history to throw a touchdown with less than 3 minutes left in a Super Bowl to either tie or take the lead, 3 times.
    In 3 Super Bowl 4th quarters he has thrown 4 touchdowns and ran for another, while amassing 457 yards passing.
    He is currently undefeated in Conference Championship games. (3-0)
    He has thrown for over 30,000 yards and 200 touchdowns.
    He has 2 league MVPs and 1 Super Bowl MVP.
    He has made 5 Pro Bowls.
    Pretty strong case for enshrinement

  27. andfitch82 says: Jan 10, 2010 10:18 PM

    I couldn’t agree more. He didn’t even need tonight to get into the Hall of Fame.
    This guy has a career 93 passer rating, has thrown for over 32,500 yards, and has thrown over 200 touchdowns in his career. A short career of only a decade.
    In a ten year span he has done that and also led the greatest show on turf to a Superbowl? Won 3 MVP’s plus a Superbowl MVP? 5 Time Pro Bowl selection?
    There are guys in Canton who have done less. Kurt Warner is a sure shot.

  28. Stetson wears panties says: Jan 10, 2010 10:21 PM

    Montana carrying a lesser team… Oh okay.
    That’s a good one.
    Not an accurate one, but a good one.

  29. Raider Pride says: Jan 10, 2010 10:36 PM

    If Kurt has any true conviction at all, he will not accept the H.O.F. nomination.
    He will humbly decline.
    I have heard him hundreds of times say, it has nothing to do with him. He had no part in his own success. “I never threw that pass… Jesus did.”
    Well… Let’s see if the Big Guy shows up in Canton.. I am guessing Jesus wears a 4o regular, the Jacket will fit fine, but he will only look good if he shaves.

  30. golongboyee says: Jan 10, 2010 10:38 PM

    Stetson wears panties – you are a total moron, I wish had a dollar for everyone of your miserably retarded posts. Gee, I guess because Montana got benched for Young, he doesn’t deserve to go the Hall???????
    Anyway, Warner is a clear-cut HOFer.
    He is the anti-thesis of Manning. Warner plays better when the pressure is on………Manning chokes……..just compare winning percentage AND QB rating!!!!!!!!!!
    Playing your best in the clutch is a true mark of a HOF QB. There are many others already in the HOF that aren’t nearly as deserving (Dan Fouts and Sonny Jurgenson for example)

  31. sven_ftw says: Jan 10, 2010 10:52 PM

    # packers4life says: January 10, 2010 8:42 PM
    Kurt Warner was lights out today. Congrats from a Packer fan, Kurt. Have always been a big fan of you!
    tasteful post, packer fan. i’m a viking’s fan, but as a true fan of the game, you have to respect the competition that makes it great.

  32. BenRapistberger says: Jan 10, 2010 11:10 PM

    I used to think he deserved to get in. Then I drafted him for my Fantasy team this year. Now I hate him.

  33. Jeff Harper says: Jan 10, 2010 11:15 PM

    I agree that Kurt Warner should be inducted into the Hall of Fame. But please don’t let Brenda Warner give the induction speech. Hopefully Kurt has told her to SFTU since his Rams days.

  34. Choirdrunk says: Jan 11, 2010 12:07 AM

    King wrote an article suggesting Warner was a borderline HOF candidate PRIOR to carrying the Cardinals to the Superbowl last year.
    Even then the case seemed to be pretty strong. After last year and this year, is there really any doubt left?

  35. robert michalson says: Jan 11, 2010 12:16 AM

    No one gets the ball out of his hands with such accuracy as kurt does. NO-ONE!! He may have slowed down with age, but his knowlege and finding the right reciever is top-notch. Who else can put on post season shows like kurt?.. Not Brady, Favre, Brees has yet to prove himself. But Warner is in a league of his own. To not be in Canton would be a downright shame and sham!!
    Bob michalson

  36. cslosh15 says: Jan 11, 2010 12:24 AM

    If he does he is FOR SURE not first ballot…I still like to think that he is not a sure bet…I mean cmon he had great seasons in 99, 00, 01, dissappeared and played back up to bulger, eli manning, and Leinart from 02-06…had a so so season in ’07, good year in ’08 and a ok year this year. People it is the HALL OF FAME, not the HALL OF REAL GOOD!!!

  37. jvs says: Jan 11, 2010 12:26 AM

    That hole in his career was when he was with the NY Giants and the worst offensive coordinator in football. Gilbride!! Warner is Favre with class.

  38. cslosh15 says: Jan 11, 2010 12:27 AM

    Always had great offenses around him during his 5 or so good years….never made a WR or RB…the WR’s and RB’s made him

  39. packfan says: Jan 11, 2010 12:34 AM

    *Tips hat to warner*
    Great game!
    Hoping other games will be as epic and memorable as this was. What a great season. NFL fans have had the rare pleasure to see several truely great QB’s duel it out. Wathcing since the 70’s this is rare to see this many QB’s playing at this level.

  40. Pongo says: Jan 11, 2010 12:36 AM

    This stud took the CARDS and the RAMS to the superbowl! Has anyone seen the rams since?He could go again this year too.
    In a generation of great QBs, he is in the top 3.

  41. The Black Cat says: Jan 11, 2010 12:40 AM

    He turned around St. Louis and Arizona, the two worst franchises in the history of history. ‘nough said!

  42. Skip F says: Jan 11, 2010 1:14 AM

    I root for whatever team KW plays for. He is the man.
    But, getting into the HOF is scary hard. There are too many guys that have been to too many Pro Bowls and are such standouts at their positions.
    However, today Kurt went to another level. I think his already legendary status based on his story, his origins, and his character got moved up a notch.
    Canton, now, definitely, unless he throws 5 interceptions next week.

  43. Arizona Buckeye says: Jan 11, 2010 1:55 AM

    Kurt Warner is everything that is right with the NFL. His story is just fantastic, his stats are just as impressive, and he is just one of the most humble, down to earth, decent human beings there ever was. Not to mention, he has taken THE ARIZONA CARDINALS to the Super Bowl and was one pass reception away from a victory. A total class act that deserves to be enshrined in the HoF. What a true winner this guy is!

  44. tian says: Jan 11, 2010 8:23 AM

    He’s a first ballot HOF’er. But here’s my big issue.
    We are living in a great time in NFL history. We have a few first ballot HOF’ers out there, as far as I’m concerned:
    Peyton Manning, Kurt Warner, Brett Favre, Tom Brady, Ray Lewis, Tony Gonzalez.
    These are the ones I can think right off the bat. There may be others; but if you look at their stats, they all should go. Plus, there are some on the bubble and can build a strong case.
    What do you think?

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