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Cardinals add Kurt Warner to Ring of Honor

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Kurt Warner, the quarterback who led the Cardinals to their only Super Bowl appearance, will be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor.

The Cardinals announced today that Warner’s name will officially be added to the Ring of Honor at a ceremony during their Week One opener against the Chargers on Monday Night Football.

Warner said he has felt great loyalty to the Cardinals since they signed him in 2005, when he had started just 16 games over the previous three seasons with the Giants and Rams, throwing 10 touchdown passes and 16 interceptions. Warner was generally viewed as past his prime and nothing more than a veteran backup when he arrived in Arizona, but he thrived once he became the Cardinals’ starter.

“The Cardinals gave me an opportunity at a time when not many teams were going to give me an opportunity,” Warner said. “When somebody takes a chance on you and gives you an opportunity, you want to live up to that.”

Cardinals President Michael Bidwill praised Warner for his contributions to the team and to all of Arizona.

“It’s not only about the way he performed on the field and the class that he performed on the field, but also what he’s done off the field,” Bidwill said. “He and his family live in Arizona. We’re excited about what he continues to do in the community and makes such a positive impact.”

This may not be the biggest honor Warner receives in the year ahead: He will be eligible to be elected to the 2015 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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58 Responses to “Cardinals add Kurt Warner to Ring of Honor”
  1. tindeaux says: Jun 18, 2014 4:31 PM

    great story of perseverance. Good luck Kurt!

  2. bobzilla1001 says: Jun 18, 2014 4:31 PM

    Kurt Warner: The best indoor/warm weather QB in league history. Outdoors, in cold weather? Not so much. Ask the Giants.

  3. craniator says: Jun 18, 2014 4:32 PM

    They really should have won that game ; I thought the officiating was horse chyt when I watched it . . . it was like everyone believed the Steelers should win , and the refs made sure of it. Very disappointing.

  4. biggredbird76 says: Jun 18, 2014 4:33 PM

    Congrats Kurt thanks for the ride

  5. bigjim50010 says: Jun 18, 2014 4:34 PM

    as they should

  6. seahawkswilson says: Jun 18, 2014 4:34 PM

    Good guy but barely part of the Cards history.

    Worst Franchises in NFL.
    1. Vikings
    2. Browns
    3. Arizona

  7. computojon says: Jun 18, 2014 4:38 PM

    As soon as he’s eligible, the NFL should add Kurt Warner to their Ring of Honor, a.k.a. the Hall of Fame.

  8. scrp2 says: Jun 18, 2014 4:44 PM

    Meanwhile, the Rams sent Warner a free Steven Jackson jersey.

  9. bassplucker says: Jun 18, 2014 4:53 PM

    Good for him, but to me he is always a Ram.

  10. tennesseeoilers says: Jun 18, 2014 4:55 PM

    If future star Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie hadn’t played that Super Bowl like the merely talented rookie he was, Warner would’ve been the first QB to win it with two different teams.

  11. dickshotdogs says: Jun 18, 2014 5:10 PM

    Hey! An award for The Cardinals! Yay!

  12. kwjsb says: Jun 18, 2014 5:13 PM

    If the Rams went back to LA and The Cardinals went back to St. Louis Warner would be right at home….

  13. adoombray says: Jun 18, 2014 5:13 PM

    Warner is the most revered athlete in Phoenix and it’s not even close. That’s a football town that has sold out every single game they’ve played since the new stadium was built, and the stadium might as well be The House that Warner Built.

  14. donnasaurus says: Jun 18, 2014 5:16 PM

    Cardinals may have one of the leagues worst teams over the years, but the 2 1/2 years Kurt Warner QB’d that team is what has put him in the ROH. He gave them what they hadn’t seen in the previous 35 years. Plus he is still very involved in the community. THAT”S why he’s going on the ROH.

    The magic that is Kurt Warner. And btw, the Giants had a winning record before they put Eli in and then went on to lose most of the rest of their games. Thanks Giants for sending him to the Cardinals.

    #13 rules

  15. britishraven says: Jun 18, 2014 5:16 PM

    Kurt is one of my all time favourite players, congrats!

  16. dougwantstoramble says: Jun 18, 2014 5:21 PM

    Arizona has an NFL team?

  17. canetic says: Jun 18, 2014 5:24 PM

    Kurt Warner is one of the greats. But he’s a Ram.

  18. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Jun 18, 2014 5:31 PM

    Love Kurt Warner but if he’s going up on the Ring of Honor, his wife’s spiky hairdo has to go up too. Part of the deal

  19. kd75 says: Jun 18, 2014 5:36 PM

    What? Kurt Warner won how many Super Bowls in Arizona?

    I could see the Rams doing this.

  20. tooz72 says: Jun 18, 2014 5:37 PM

    Kurt Warner was Seattle’s best RB

  21. scotrugby says: Jun 18, 2014 5:39 PM

    “Arizona has an NFL team?”

    Yeah they have uniforms and everything.

  22. weepingjebus says: Jun 18, 2014 5:39 PM

    Cardinals should have won that SB too. There should be a rule that if the Steelers get to a SB we have to switch the refs at the last minute like they switched juries in The Untouchables.

  23. mdd913 says: Jun 18, 2014 5:41 PM

    Really? He was there like 5 years at the end of his career. This is ridiculous. I know the Cardinals, even as bad as their history has been, have more deserving players to induct. Rob Moore? Larry Centers? Terry Metcalf? come on

  24. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jun 18, 2014 5:45 PM

    Teddy Bridgewater would like everyone to note that Kurt Warner wore a glove on his passing hand and he was awesome.

  25. luz56 says: Jun 18, 2014 5:47 PM

    DRC cost the cards the game…. Warner put the excitement back in football here in AZ…Thanks for putting the fun back in the game… By the way if it wasn’t for Michael Bidwill changing the culture Warner might not have made it to PHX

  26. tennesseeoilers says: Jun 18, 2014 5:48 PM

    For this NFL fan, no loss has been as hard to stomach as coming up 1-yard short to the Rams. After all, in addition to each Titan having a ring, how would that two-minute game saving 89-yard drive have changed Steve McNair’s legacy? His future? And the team, the following year, when the they went one and done in the playoffs after their second consecutive 13 and 3 season … would that have turned out differently? … ONE yard. … ONE.

    So, Kurt Warner … he is at the center of my most difficult NFL experience. He had a field-day of yardage against a bend-but-don’t break performance by our defense and then when it counted most, with one play, he bombed the living daylights out of our secondary … who never took the field again.

    Kurt Warner … the inflictor of ultimate fan pain … my hat is off to him. For the player he was on the field. For the man he was off the field. HoF.

  27. 49erfan44 says: Jun 18, 2014 5:57 PM

    They should put him back on their roster. Palmer is terrible.

  28. NoWearMan says: Jun 18, 2014 6:08 PM

    The Seahawks have never had a player named ‘Kurt Warner’. Nice try, you ‘Sammy’. See what I did there?

  29. ctiggs says: Jun 18, 2014 6:11 PM

    #Nobodyhasitbetter

  30. beavertonsteve says: Jun 18, 2014 6:18 PM

    As a Rams fan watching Warner turn a division rival around and lead them to the Super Bowl was tough. It was just too hard not to root for him though, so once the Rams were done for the season (around mid November) I just gave in and rooted for the Cards as well.

    He’s doing well on NFLN too. I didn’t really expect that would be the path he’d take post playing career, but he’s pretty good on TV.

  31. truths4all says: Jun 18, 2014 6:36 PM

    Kurt Warner had a winning record as the Giants starter. He was replaced when the ownership decided it was time to play their bonus baby Eli Manning. What did Kurt Warner do when that happened? He worked hard to teach Eli Manning everything he knew to help Eli succeed.

    Its hard to criticize moving Eli into the starting spot in place of Warner as the ownership was afraid of Warner getting to be a fan favorite which would make it hard for Eli to get establish (and it was very hard enough for him to win over the team, remember?) And with the SB wins he has produced, its hard to second guess pushing Eli Manning into playing.

  32. slugbaitspace says: Jun 18, 2014 6:40 PM

    An undrafted grocery store stock boy from a nowhere school in the Hall of Fame?

    Sure, I can live with that…

  33. truths4all says: Jun 18, 2014 6:44 PM

    Rod Graves and Ken Whisenhunt refused to Kurt Warner’s request to upgrade the offensive line to give Warner more protection after the Saints beat the offensive line into submission and gave Warner a concussion off a dirty hit. That is why Warner retired rather than increase his chances of becoming a concussion veggie down the road.

    Kurt Warner in the Cardinals Ring of Honor is good, and you will never see Graves or Whisenhunt’s names there either.

  34. dickshotdogs says: Jun 18, 2014 6:50 PM

    In Seattle, it was “Curt Warner.”

  35. kylexitron says: Jun 18, 2014 7:03 PM

    You know your team history is shaky when you add a guy to your ring of honor that only won anything as a member of a division rival.

  36. mypercyhurts2 says: Jun 18, 2014 7:04 PM

    For those folks pinning the SB loss on DRC, it wasn’t DRC that picked off Warner’s pass and rumbled 100 yards for the greatest defensive play in SB history. That was a 14-point turnaround. I wonder if Warner thanked god for that pick-6? According to Kurt, there were higher forces that wanted him to succeed rather than teammates, coaches, ownership, etc. I guess god (not the refs) loves Pittsburgh more.

  37. ashevillechief says: Jun 18, 2014 7:09 PM

    Kurt deserves to be on the HOF. He left the field on each game with his team in the lead. That’s all anyone can ask for.

  38. realfootballfan says: Jun 18, 2014 7:10 PM

    Are there enough players for them to have one? It’s Larry Centers, Aeneas Williams, Larry Fitzgerald, Dan Dierdorf, and Warner. That’s all I can think of off the top of my head, unless you Cardinal fans have a spot for Tim Rosenbach or Jake Plummer somewhere in there, lol.

  39. conormacleod says: Jun 18, 2014 7:15 PM

    It’s ok to love Warner and still think it’s ridiculous he’s going into the Cardinals ring of honor. This actually says more about the Cardinals lack of talent over the years than Warner.

  40. thetooloftools says: Jun 18, 2014 7:20 PM

    A ring of “what” for the Cardinals?
    Jim Bakken better be in there!

  41. Patskrieg dot com says: Jun 18, 2014 7:37 PM

    James Harrison and Otis Smith thought he did a great job too.

  42. nosleeptilsb says: Jun 18, 2014 7:57 PM

    Congrats to Warner, NFC WEST is stacked today, not too much before he arrived. With that being said, Seahawks will crush them for the next 4 seasons.

  43. sdo4540 says: Jun 18, 2014 8:17 PM

    Cards beat the Seahawks twice this season…book it.

  44. MostlyRight says: Jun 18, 2014 8:19 PM

    I’ll never forget watching Kurt give a kid autograph and write down a book and verse from the Bible. The kid asked what the verse said and Kurt just smiled and said “you’ll have to go look it up!”

  45. longsufferingkcfan says: Jun 18, 2014 8:20 PM

    I like turtles.

  46. nosleeptilsb says: Jun 18, 2014 8:24 PM

    Since we are ‘booking’ now, Palmer doesnt make it out of the season off IR. Book it.

  47. jayblack073 says: Jun 18, 2014 8:28 PM

    Kurt Warner is the man. He gave us one of the best playoff games in the history of the game against Green Bay in 09′, and went to 3 Super Bowls, 2 MVPs. Came out of Northern Iowa only to play in the AFL and NFL Europe. Went from stocking grocery store shelves in Iowa to stocking scoreboards full of points in St Louis. A first ballot Hall of Famer if there ever was one.

    – Seahawks fan

  48. sdo4540 says: Jun 18, 2014 8:47 PM

    Cards are going to thump Seattle twice next year..mark it steady.

  49. azjam says: Jun 18, 2014 9:02 PM

    Kurt is a first class person, did a great job for the Cards and deserving of this honor. Sad that deadbeats on this board have to be negative on whatever.

  50. Canyonero says: Jun 18, 2014 9:03 PM

    Kurt Warner is a true legend.

    What people overlook about the Rams and Cardinals –two hapless franchises for the most part– is they they became such tremendous teams!

    I absolutely loved the Warner-era Cardinals. Not just because they were winning. Everybody played lights out. Fitz ran wild, the defense hit, Anquan Boldin was a beast. There were flat out amazing games (it’s surprising more folks don’t talk about the 51-45 OT playoff win over the Packers, but I guess it was “just” a wild card game).

    What I hope people remember, as history becomes a digitized mush, is that Warner’s teams played with a great attitude. They won a lot of games, yeah. But HOW they won was the best part.

    Sorry, I know tl;dr

  51. bornahawker says: Jun 18, 2014 9:30 PM

    Man of character, good job Cards!

  52. yate3097 says: Jun 18, 2014 9:39 PM

    He brought a Super Bowl championship to St Louis. I don’t believe his number is retired there. Why Not?

  53. raymondtx says: Jun 18, 2014 10:30 PM

    They had a need for a ring of honor BEFORE Warner?

  54. motleytrap says: Jun 18, 2014 10:32 PM

    “He left the field on each game with his team in the lead.”

    Not in SB XXXVI.

    By the way, those pick 6’s in the Super Bowl are killers. Look it up.

  55. bornahawker says: Jun 18, 2014 11:27 PM

    Kurt Warner, CR Regis alumni, look up his high school stats, Iowa Hawkeyes miss all the great in state talent, ie., Chad Hennings, 3 Super Bowl rings!

  56. casurferho says: Jun 19, 2014 6:55 AM

    Overrated in a Big way! He was a good QB, but I just don’t see him being this HOFer? If it weren’t that he was married with 8 kids (6?)…. And went from grocery Clerk to Gridiron, his story would not be as intriguing!!! It’s interesting , he is no less into his “religion/God) as Tebow but somehow he gets a pass from fans and media alike!!!

  57. tory707 says: Jun 19, 2014 10:09 AM

    In surprised Kurt’s wife is not going on the ring of honor with him. For all the times fox would put her face on the screen!!!

  58. simonator917 says: Jun 20, 2014 2:13 AM

    The only thing about Kurt Warner that’s better than his game is his humanity! Class act. Deserves all of the good things in his life.

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