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Kurt Warner has four former teammates he wants to see in Canton

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 23:  Anquan Boldin #81 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates his second touchdown of the game in front of Kurt Warner #13 for a 14-7 lead against the Atlanta Falcons during the second quarter at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 23, 2007 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Getty Images

Tuesday’s PFT Live included an interview with future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady. Wednesday’s show will have an interview with a brand-new Hall of Fame quarterback.

Kurt Warner, a two-time NFL MVP and Super Bowl XXXIV MVP, was asked among other things to identify one former teammate for whom he’d stand on the table and argue for induction.

“That’s one of those tough questions,” Warner said. “It’s like picking your favorite kid, you know, because I’ve got four guys that I believe all belong in the Hall of Fame when it comes to receivers that I played with: Isaac Bruce, Larry Fitzgerald, Torry Holt, Anquan Boldin.”

Warner then worked through the likelihood of each guy making it.

“I think Larry’s a lock, so I’m not going to get up on the table for him,” Warner said. “The other guys I think should be in. I think Isaac Bruce should be in by this point already. So I would probably bang the table for him right now because he taught me so much about being a pro and those Greatest Show on Turf years were really started by the way he prepared and practiced every day and pulled so many of us along.

“So I believe he belongs in but I also believe he and Torry will get in and so I might bang the table for Anquan Boldin because I think of all those guys he gets the least respect for how great he is. It amazes me, we want to keep looking at measurables and how fast guys are as opposed to just one of the greatest football players I ever played with. Competed more than anybody I ever played against. Wanted the ball in his hands. Was a difference maker. Everybody tries to get rid of him, and he just goes and he’s the number one receiver on that next team. So I believe he’s the one that gets the least amount of respect. So I would love to get on the table for him as well because I believe when you look at his overall numbers and what he’s done it’s incredible as all those guys are. It’s a tough call but I want to get Isaac in because he belongs in and then I think ‘Q’ does too and so I would try to stand on the table for two guys if I could.”

Of course, it may be hard for any other receivers to get in until Terrell Owens and Randy Moss make it through. In a separate post, I’ll share Warner’s views on Owens.

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  1. patsrule59 says: Feb 14, 2017 6:45 PM

    Warner doesn’t even deserve to be in the HOF himself, so he shouldn’t be telling us what other players deserve to go in.

    Seriously, look at Warner’s numbers and tell me how he is a HOFer. A couple of great seasons, otherwise mediocre.

    If you really want an eye opener, look at Warner’s splits and compare his numbers outdoors versus playing in domes. Outside the climate controlled comfort of the Edward Jones Dome he was mediocre at best.

  2. jjb0811 says: Feb 14, 2017 6:53 PM

    More OL need in giving the QB’s and Wr’s all those FF stats.

  3. filmex2000 says: Feb 14, 2017 6:55 PM

    As a Cards fan, every Sunday since 2009 has been bittersweet, having to watch Bolden playing for another team. Warner + Fitz + Anquan took us to the SuperBowl.

    So, of course we then let Anquan walk.
    Luckily, a new, smarter braintrust moved in. I’d like to think they’d recognize that Fitz + Anquan is…was.. a pretty potent combo and no team would improve by getting rid of either one of them.

    Bolden is like a Sherman tank with occasional grace. I’ve seen him play injured where you’d end up having visions of Braveheart. When the Walking Dead comes to pass, I want him in my group.

    He belongs in the HOF when the time comes.

  4. streetyson says: Feb 14, 2017 6:57 PM

    Maybe Whiner got in to stop him crying and deliberately repeating the “who knows? maybe they did” falsehood that the Pats taped his team’s SB36 walkthrough. This despite the Boston Herald admitting it was fake news nearly a decade ago. But what isn’t much discussed is that the Pats’ SB36 walkthrough WAS spied on – a lens from an overlooking hotel was spotted but the room was vacted by the time security got there. Pats never complained.

  5. 6ball says: Feb 14, 2017 6:58 PM

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    Warner is just another crying whiner who spit the bit in the Super Bowl and wants to blame others because he choked. Now, we have a 15 year lecture on how the world is so unfair to poor Kurt. Whatever evidence you have Warner, bring it forward or shut your lying piehole. He’s America’s biggest coward.

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    ” “It’s not because I’m bitter. It’s not because I say they cheated, because I have no idea, but it adds a sliver of doubt, which I think is unfair to everybody. It’s unfair to them and their legacy,” Warner said. “It’s unfair to me and my legacy because I don’t want to have to wonder, ‘Well, did they beat me fair and square or was there something extra?’ And that’s the unfortunate part that I don’t think you’ll ever get over because you know something was done outside the rules.”
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  6. pastabelly says: Feb 14, 2017 7:01 PM

    .patsrule59 says:
    Feb 14, 2017 6:45 PM
    Warner doesn’t even deserve to be in the HOF himself, so he shouldn’t be telling us what other players deserve to go in.

    Seriously, look at Warner’s numbers and tell me how he is a HOFer. A couple of great seasons, otherwise mediocre.

    If you really want an eye opener, look at Warner’s splits and compare his numbers outdoors versus playing in domes. Outside the climate controlled comfort of the Edward Jones Dome he was mediocre at best.
    =======================================
    He was better than mediocre. I suppose his career was a bit uneven.

    Sometimes I wonder what Peyton Manning’s numbers would look like if played outdoors in real weather like Tom Brady did. Manning’s record in cold weather was not very good at all and some of Brady’s best games were in the worst weather. Rodgers, Favre, Roethlisberger, and Brady put up numbers in weather and that’s what gives the four of them an edge.

  7. tonebones says: Feb 14, 2017 7:08 PM

    Good for Kurt for trying to get his guys in, but this is starting to sound like politics, and Warner is a lobbyist. Unfortunately, this is the way guys get in. Larry isn’t going to need any help. Bruce should be good. Torry was good too, but he’s iffy. No way Boldin is even close.

  8. realpatsfan says: Feb 14, 2017 7:15 PM

    Why can’t this guy just shut up?

  9. imyourhuckelberrythatsjustmygame says: Feb 14, 2017 7:16 PM

    Nice gesture Kurt, but wake me when you are a vote holder.

  10. murphyslaw40 says: Feb 14, 2017 7:19 PM

    As football fans, we need to come up with some sort of “tax” on these receiving stats over the past 15-20 years.

    You know, to adjust for rule inflation.

  11. bemylovetractor says: Feb 14, 2017 7:20 PM

    Geesh Kurt, you havent even been inducted yet and now you are adovating policy?

    Remember the rules of the Continental Hotel (John Wick). Dont break them.

  12. mataug says: Feb 14, 2017 7:29 PM

    pastabelly says:
    Feb 14, 2017 7:01 PM
    .patsrule59 says:
    Feb 14, 2017 6:45 PM
    Warner doesn’t even deserve to be in the HOF himself, so he shouldn’t be telling us what other players deserve to go in.

    Seriously, look at Warner’s numbers and tell me how he is a HOFer. A couple of great seasons, otherwise mediocre.

    If you really want an eye opener, look at Warner’s splits and compare his numbers outdoors versus playing in domes. Outside the climate controlled comfort of the Edward Jones Dome he was mediocre at best.
    =======================================
    He was better than mediocre. I suppose his career was a bit uneven.

    Sometimes I wonder what Peyton Manning’s numbers would look like if played outdoors in real weather like Tom Brady did. Manning’s record in cold weather was not very good at all and some of Brady’s best games were in the worst weather. Rodgers, Favre, Roethlisberger, and Brady put up numbers in weather and that’s what gives the four of them an edge.
    Were the Broncos playing in the indoor stadium for the last 4 years of his career ? 37, 55, 39 TDs before the injury riddled last-season. The 3 teams in Broncos’ division also play outdoors, played at NE in all of those 3 seasons (4th one was finally at home when Brock played instead), so he had at least 15 outdoor games in each of those seasons.

  13. dwoofer says: Feb 14, 2017 7:29 PM

    Hey, Patsrule:

    You better get over that “greatest ever” business quick. Pats won’t be in Super Bowl next year. You will wish you had Kurt Warner as your QB then

  14. realfootballfan says: Feb 14, 2017 7:46 PM

    I’m glad he said Bruce because he’s another guy who should have been in years ago and really might never get in, even after people take years to debate it. He always put the numbers even before the greatest show years, so you can’t say he was a product of a system or other players on his team, and he had the signature moments in big games, namely that Super Bowl winning catch. Should have been first ballot imo.

  15. johnnybuc says: Feb 14, 2017 8:08 PM

    Warner has NO business politicking to get his buddies in. Basically because he has no business being in the HOF himself.
    Think about it. Stack him up against the quarterbacks that are already there.
    Montana, Bradshaw, Favre, Aikman, Elway, etc.
    Warner can’t hold their jockstraps! The fool is making a mockery of the HOF with this crap. Its bad enough that they allowed him to lobby himself into a gold jacket!

  16. dansardo says: Feb 14, 2017 8:19 PM

    Bolden isn’t going to get any consideration. Holt was a very good player that is never going to get enough votes to get in, same with bruce. Fitzgerald is definitely getting in and the biggest reason warner is in is because of the relationships he has developed as a media guy. There is an argument for him unlike guys like bruce and holt but he is as borderline as you can get

  17. motleytrap says: Feb 14, 2017 10:20 PM

    Warner’s career numbers aren’t that different from Steve Young’s.

    Not sure why people have a problem with him taking up for former teammates. Almost every HOFer I’ve heard speak does the same.

  18. fearsome4 says: Feb 14, 2017 10:56 PM

    If you don’t think Bruce belongs in the HOF, YOUZANIDIOT! So step right up and claim your title.

  19. bpacha77511 says: Feb 14, 2017 11:06 PM

    I might be the minority but i believe warners should be in. Johnnybuc…you can cherry pick at any position but all ive gotta do is bring up one name….joe namath. If that clowns in kurts gotta be in. Ive heard how there was more to namath than his play. I thought the on field stuff is what matters. So namath was a ig personality off the field and had the guarantee. Well Warner had a cool story as well but was also very good and in some seasons great on the field. Plus he led 3 teams to the superbowl and won 1. 3 teams that were not that great before he got there if i remember correctly. So as long as broadway joes in kurt warner should be as well.

  20. rodgerstonelson says: Feb 14, 2017 11:15 PM

    Only Fitzgerald should get in. None of other 3 should even sniff a vote if TO can not get in.

  21. Angry Orange Man says: Feb 14, 2017 11:19 PM

    I am unhappy with how much I genuinely like Kurt Warner. Stop making me love you Kurt.

  22. bpacha77511 says: Feb 14, 2017 11:28 PM

    Im a diehard philly fan and he is my favorite qb alltime so i may be biased. That being said i believe old #12 should be in the hall. He was exciting.. He could win using his legs and his arm (was a pretty good punter as well)…and he was different than pretty much every other qb in his generation…plus he was the prototype that qbs such as mike vick,vy,kaep,mcnabb and dak were based on except he was more than just a fast runner cuz he could throw. That magical 98 season when the vikes shouldve been uperbowl bound proved that. So 12 needs to get in.its been long enough.

  23. goldrush36 says: Feb 14, 2017 11:35 PM

    Boldin, Bruce, and Frank Gore.. 3 incredible players, teammates, and overall good people. Also 3 of the most underappreciated players I have witnessed. Gore probably has the best shot to get in but it will take a while. All three deserve it. As do Owens and Moss

  24. mrboado says: Feb 14, 2017 11:53 PM

    Warner is a class act QB and his record legitimizes his induction to the HOF. Taking two teams, years apart to the Super Bowl is indicative of his drive. Especially after suffering injuries and losing his starting job.

    Those years in NY are not a blip on the radar–let’s call it what it was: grooming and mentoring for Eli, which, in hindsight was the right call considering Manning’s position.

    Warner’s story is what the Hall of Fame is all about: Part time player/part time grocery store stocker to MVP’s and three Super Bowls.

    Regarding Anquan Boldin: the man has more career receiving yards than HOFers Reed, Largent, Irvin, and Monk. He’s been to the SB twice and won once with Baltimore.

    Considering the fact he spent half his career sharing touches with Larry Fitzgerald, he’s definitely accomplished a helluva lot.

    Thumbs up, thumbs down, don’t matter: Q is a beast and definitely HOF material.

  25. PFT loves the Steelers says: Feb 14, 2017 11:58 PM

    Let’s be honest, when teams gave Warner a real chance, he always produced elite results. Including a couple MVPs and 3 Super Bowls, on top of fantastic numbers. He injured his thumb and got Wally Pipped by Marc Bulger. Not really his fault. Teams probably thought he was a fluke. They were wrong. Then the Giants signed him after drafting Eli. Another wasted year for Kurt. Then the Cards signed him thinking he was some washed up fluke, but once he got a real shot, he took them to the Super Bowl. Kurt was an elite QB who was only hindered by teams being dumb. That shouldn’t be held against him.

  26. PFT loves the Steelers says: Feb 15, 2017 12:02 AM

    On the subject, Bruce and Holt have the numbers and success necessary, but they probably cancel each other out because HOF voters are silly like that. Fitz gets in because he has the numbers and is well liked by media. While Boldin is the least worthy of the 4, I think he should get in too. Loved watching him through the years. All 4 were miles better than Hines Ward, that’s for sure.

  27. nynbkfarsuperiorx says: Feb 15, 2017 1:50 AM

    Kurt Warner doesnt deserve to even go in. Kurts played what 3 great seasons and 3 OK ones? And missing time in between.

  28. nynbkfarsuperiorx says: Feb 15, 2017 1:51 AM

    Kurt Warner doesnt deserve to even go in. Kurts played what 3 great seasons and 3 OK ones? And missing time in between. Pfft.

  29. freedomofspeechyesway says: Feb 15, 2017 2:36 AM

    Boldin should get in. His numbers are better than people realize and will only be better by the time he retires. Oh, and he could beat up most, if not all, other wr’s already in.

  30. silverbackdk says: Feb 15, 2017 4:44 AM

    Seriously – Warner not in the HOF? I get it – he doesn’t have the Numbers, but is really HOF is about? Is it about writing the story of the greatest players and the greatest moments in pro football? And how do you write the story of the his decade without Warner?
    He came from nothing to league MVP and Super Bowl. He had some of the greatest QB seasons during his Rams years. He gets injured and forgotten – but eventually has another great stint and comes a miraculous to-tab from winning another SB with the AZ freaking Cardinals! Warner is a great story, he is the American Dream and a comeback kid. In addition he owns some of the best playoff stats of any QB. not worthy of the HOF – you got to be kidding me?

    About Boldin – now we don’t know how long he will play, but he might be the toughest WR ever to play the game. He has been a very good player all of his career. He was a huge part of making the cards relevant and was great during Ravens’ super bowl run. I think the jury will be out there, but if he continues to play at his level and continue to make his team better he should have a chance

  31. footballisnotthatimportant says: Feb 15, 2017 5:38 AM

    Pretty good list for induction to the Hall of Very Good

  32. bartpkelly says: Feb 15, 2017 6:07 AM

    The Hall is more than just numbers.

    Look at Broadway Joe.

  33. joetoronto says: Feb 15, 2017 3:03 PM

    Everybody gets in, this is great.

    SMH.

  34. finfan49 says: Feb 18, 2017 4:48 PM

    to all the o-line who protected me during my HOF career it wasnt you it was me and my wide recievers..

  35. finfan49 says: Feb 18, 2017 4:55 PM

    i do believe you are a really good man ,but the thought comes to me that tom brady , in his early career would not do a commercial without his o- line ,i think it was a credit card

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