Arizona Cardinals QB Kurt Warner is no stranger to adversity. His long and at times rocky career has had much success and failure, but this season his career has been revived. Though the road here for the MVP candidate has not been easy, he is clearly back on top.
Kurt Warner, MVP?
November 21, 2008 by Leave a Comment
As the former orchestrator of “The Greatest Show on Turf” with the St. Louis Rams, Warner won 2 MVP awards(’99 & ’01) and led the team to a Super Bowl XXXIV victory over the Tennessee Titans. Warner also was awarded MVP.
After losing his starting job to Marc Bulger in 2003, Warner’s career hit a low point. He was traded to the New York Giants in 2004. After only 9 games into the 2004 season, Warner was benched and replaced by then rookie Eli Manning.
After leaving the Giants, Warner signed with Arizona Cardinals in 2005, but was signed as a back-up. Most believed that his days as a starting QB were over. Nevertheless, In August, coach Whisenhunt wisely named the veteran the starter instead of 3rd year player Matt Leinart, who has been inconsistent since entering the league.
With the vote of confidence, Warner is having a MVP season. He is on pace to throw well over 4,000 yds, he’s tossed 20 touchdowns, is completing 70.9% of his passes and has a QB rating of 105.5.
If Warner keeps this pace he will win his third MVP award, putting him in the company of Jim Brown, Johnny Unitas and Brett Favre, the only other players to win the award 3 times. Can you say Hall of Fame?
The Cardinals still have unfinished business. The team is currently 7-3 and have a firm hold on 1st place in the NFC West division, but will face the NFC’s best team this weekend. Arizona will host the New York Giants Sunday in what is likely to be the team’s toughest test yet.
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