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Step Off, Arizona Cardinals: Kurt Warner Rightfully Belongs to the St. Louis Rams

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Whoever he is, the Rams shouldn't let the Arizona Cardinals claim him.
Hey, who remembers Kurt Warner?

You know, that hunky, God-fearing quarterback Rams coach Dick Vermeil scrounged up from a Iowa grocery store in 1998? The guy who became the starter in 1999 after the Rams starting quarterback left the field in agony? The backup who put the team on his back, won a Super Bowl, lost another and then -- seemingly overnight -- turned into an interception slingin', fumblin' machine?

St. Louisans may have their reservations about Warner, but we think most would agree he is, for better or worse, ours. Ours and not, say, the Arizona Cardinals', whose front office announced last week that it would be inducting Warner into its Ring of Honor during halftime of its season opener on September 5.

Fifteen years have passed since Warner won a Super Bowl with St. Louis, but there's no indication that the Rams Ring of Fame will be inducting the leader of "the Greatest Show on Turf" anytime soon. That doesn't sit right with us, and we have five reasons why.

See also: Kurt Warner Draws God. And It's Not a Pretty Picture.

1. Because Warner's Cinderella Story is a St. Louis Story, Not an Arizona One

It's fair to wonder what would have happened had the Rams not rescued Warner from a life of arena football and bagging groceries. More than a decade later, the sequence of events that brought the unknown quarterback into the NFL limelight can't be beat for sheer drama, and not even Friday Night Lights can lay a finger on Warner's journey from zero to Super Bowl hero.

Sure, Warner can opine all he wants about how the Cardinals believed in him in 2005, when nobody thought he could he "get back to that point" of his best playing days -- but the Rams believed in Warner when he didn't have two league MVPs and a Super Bowl win under his belt. When coach Vermiel declared "We'll rally around Kurt Warner, and we will play good football" before ever seeing the guy throw a pass with the starters, that was belief, and the Rams should fight to take credit for the results.

See also: Four Reasons The Rams are Perfect for HBO's Hard Knocks

2. Because Warner Made the Single Worst Play of His Career as a Cardinal

We admit, this is a cheap shot, but Warner's interception to Steelers linebacker James Harrison in the waning seconds of the first half Superbowl XLIII is still, six years later, stunningly, butt-clenchingly horrendous to watch. Not only did he make a bad throw, but Warner badly missed an open shot to tackle Harrison along the sideline to prevent the touchdown. In a game that was decided by a Steelers last-second score, we think it's fair to say Warner lost the Super Bowl with that interception.

Granted, Warner had his rough moments in St. Louis, and yeah, he got beat by a young Tom Brady, but Warner never whiffed like this while wearing the blue and gold. Watch the video above, and at the eighteen-second mark, keep an eye out for Warner's No. 13 jersey entering from the right side of the screen...

We bet no Rams fan could ever forget Warner's most iconic throw...

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John Bosse
John Bosse

I don't mean this to come off as a hater. I will always be a fan of Warner and am appreciative of all the fun times I had during his run in STL but I think sometimes people lose perspective on his career because he is a nice/likable guy.

John Bosse
John Bosse

I think it is more a testament of how little success Arizona has had that they inducted him into their ring of fame. He played there for a couple of seasons where they did everything they could to make Matt Leinart the starter over Warner. He only ended up playing in AZ because Leinart got hurt (similar to his start in STL). I understand that he lead them to their only Super Bowl, but they lost. That was also a 9-7 team in a weak NFC West that squeaked into the playoffs and made a nice run, but it's not like they were world beaters. Warner can choose to identify with whatever team he likes, but his only real success in the NFL was done in St. Louis.

Andrew Wurth
Andrew Wurth

He's still bitter over being released by the Rams, if you watch him on NFL net he always picks Arizona over St. Louis, and he was Arizona's rep when the NFL did their 'franchise players for each team' bit a couple years ago (Marshall was ours). Keep #13 on Givens, let him identify as a Cardinal, but he'll always know his only championship won was here.

Lonnie Weishaar Jr
Lonnie Weishaar Jr

His number is retired in Arizona, but the Rams are clueless and refuse to retire # 13.

billj598
billj598 topcommenter

Danny, As most fans know, it was Belichick's (remember Belicheat ?) taping of the Ram's walk-thru of their plays prior to SB XXXVI that beat the Rams, certainly not Tom Brady.  The Ram's players all said that Belicheat's team knew what they were going to do before the ball was snapped. The worthless NFL didn't come down on the New England team hard enough and they were caught again, in a later year, doing the same spying. 

Brian Lucas
Brian Lucas

I remember this question asked to him in an interview and he politely told ram reporters that he would probably feel more comfortable in retiring as a cardinal

DéMarius Jones
DéMarius Jones

He "belongs" to the rams? He's a person, not a damn piece of meat to glorify and possess. What a moronic way of looking at things, RFT. If he wants another job, it's his choice...not yours nor St. Louis'. Get over yourself .

David Biernbaum
David Biernbaum

Except that I have always sensed that Warner identifies more with the Arizona Cardinals. Plus, he made his home there and has remained closely involved the their team, and also the Bidwills.

Tim Smythe
Tim Smythe

Yeah we gave up on him for Bulger.

Jason M Parker
Jason M Parker

He also belongs to the clipboard holder hall of fame.

Daniel Stout
Daniel Stout

Plus, why haven't the Rams retired his number or at least put his name in the ring?

Daniel Stout
Daniel Stout

What a defensive article. He "belongs" to each team. He will be remembered for what he did for each team.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

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