It was Colin Powell who once said, “Have you ever noticed that people will personally commit to certain individuals who on paper possess little authority, but instead possess pizzazz, drive, expertise, and genuine caring for teammates and products?”
Come Sunday night, should the Cardinals win, we should all commit to Kurt Warner’s validity as a Hall of Fame quarterback.
Hall of Fame debaters on the negative side constantly point to the five season egg (2002-2007) he laid in the middle of his career. This reminds me of a variation of a sheik term that I’m convinced has evolved into the modern day Golden Rule: In life, you’re not measured or judged by the times you got knocked down. You’re judged by how you reacted afterwards.
Warner is not living the American Dream (again) by accident either, in fact he’s a model architect of how to become a winner in life.
Forget about Warner’s lack of numbers, this is not baseball.
According to it’s home website: “The Pro Football Hall of Fame celebrates its forty-five years of excellence in honoring the legends and preserving the history of professional football.”
I dare any author to write a complete historical review of the NFL without mentioning Warner. It’s going to be difficult enough for screenplay writers to do the same.
The first chapter of Warner’s Hollywood-like story was writing its script right before our very eyes, by leading the Rams franchise, a perennial doormat, to a Super Bowl victory.
If you’re still not convinced Warner should someday have his bust displayed in Canton, I’ll throw you my hypothetical theory in desperation.
Nothing beats the “grocery bagger” dynamic Warner’s original championship plot had, but now he’s threatening to write the sequel-and this one is arguably more impressive.
You could say that Warner leading the Cardinals to a championship is as unlikely as Tony Parker leading the Clippers to an NBA Championship. If Parker were to point guard the Clippers to a championship, that means he would have to do it without his Hall of Fame sidekick in Tim Duncan. Overnight, that would put Parker from “very good NBA point guard” to Hall of Fame lock. So if Warner was to point guard the Clippers of the NFL to a Super Bowl title without Marshall Faulk, wouldn’t we have to label him as a “Great” quarterback from then on? Aren’t ALL “Great” quarterbacks enshrined in Canton? Again, purely hypothetical, but fun to think about nevertheless.
Hopefully, for Warner’s sake, the odds of the Cardinals actually beating the Steelers is not as far fetched as his Hall of Fame potential appears to be. Continue reading