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The Kurt Warner rags-to-riches story was quite an inspirational one.
Warner played collegiate ball at the University of Northern Iowa and went undrafted in the 1994 NFL Draft. He was invited to try out for the Green Bay Packers and was cut before the season due to heavy competition from the quarterbacking troika of Brett Favre, Mark Brunell, and Ty Detmer.
Warner would continue to stay active in football as a graduate assistant coach for his alma mater, UNI. It was also during this time where he famously stocked shelves at the local Hy-Vee supermarket.
In 1995, Warner joined the Arena Football League where he led the Iowa Barnstormers to two AFL title games. After a year in NFL Europe with the Amsterdam Admirals, Warner got his big break with the Dick Vermeil-led St. Louis Rams. After a nondescript 1998 season, Warner took over the team following a season-ending injury suffered by starter Trent Green in the preseason.
He would command what would be called “The Greatest Show on Turf” and lead the Rams to an improbable victory over the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV.
Warner left the Rams in 2004 and acted as a tutor for New York Giants rookie quarterback Eli Manning. He would finish his career with the Arizona Cardinals, who he led to their first and only Super Bowl appearance in 2008.
Warner amassed quite a resume, finishing his NFL career with 32,344 yards, 208 touchdowns, and a 93.7 QB rating. He also collected two NFL MVP awards, and a Super Bowl MVP.