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.

58 responses to “Cardinals add Kurt Warner to Ring of Honor

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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!”

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. 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

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

  23. “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.

  24. 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!

  25. 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!!!

  26. 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!!!

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