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

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3. Because Warner-to-Proehl Still Sends Shivers Down Our Spines

The game-winning lob to put the Rams in the 1999 Super Bowl was something to behold, and it still is. In fact, we can't stop beholding it, and neither should the Rams.

See also: Kurt Warner Has a Daughter Named "Chubby," He Tells STL Crowd

4. Because We Ran Him Out of Town

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Yeah, we're all probably going to Hell for this one.
We'll be the first to admit it, but historically St. Louis has not always been super nice to our celebrity sports heroes, especially if those heroes spouted a never-ending stream of God talk during the pregame interviews. By 2002 Warner's self-destructive drive to play through a hand injury and a sudden case of interceptionitis caused fans to leap off the bandwagon, flip it over and torch it.

But that doesn't mean the Rams should forget the good years, the 1999, 2000 and 2001 seasons that, for a few shining moments, turned a baseball town into the home of the Greatest Show on Turf. If Marshall Faulk did enough to make it to the Ring of Fame in 2011, Warner deserves to be there just as much -- if not more.

See also: Photos: St. Louis Rams Cheerleader Auditions

5. Because Michael Sam Isn't Enough to Distract Us from the Rams' Awfulness

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"The Greatest Show on Turf" is long gone. Now, it's more like "The Greatest Show of Worst."

Folks, the Rams have mostly been terrible since Warner got the boot in 2004. The team hasn't posted a winning record since 2003, and that was the season Warner got benched for Marc Bulger.

Basically, it's been a rough ride for fans since Warner left, and it sure as hell would be nice to experience some positive associations for the team again -- especially when the team's owner could be planning to move the Rams back to LA.. In a way, the Rams are banking on the team's off-the-field appeal this season in the form of openly gay lineman Michael Sam, but that's just not enough to get our blood pumping: We want to remember what winning feels like, and for that we need to remember -- and honor -- what Warner accomplished in his three great seasons here.

Multiple columnists have pointed out that (with few exceptions) the Rams' Ring of Fame is reserved for players inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. Fine, don't put Warner into the Ring of Fame, but at least retire the guy's jersey, or throw a party for the fifteenth anniversary of winning the Super Bowl. Help us out, Rams: Do something to demonstrate that Warner's story is, inherently and forever, a St. Louis one.

Follow Danny Wicentowski on Twitter at @D_Towski. E-mail the author at Danny.Wicentowski@RiverfrontTimes.com


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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

D.a. Jones
D.a. 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.

beauch0420
beauch0420

Did you forget that the year after their Super Bowl run he led them to another division title. In the first round of playoffs they played the Packers. Kurt went. 27 of. 31 for 400 yards 5 Tds and no interceptions. One of the greatest postseason games in NFL history!!!

beauch0420
beauch0420

How about the next year after AZwas in the Super Bowl the won the division again. He beat the Packers in the first round of stiffs with one of the best games In NFL history. 27 of 31 for almost 400 yards 5 Tds and no interceptions. I guess you forgot about that year as well!!

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