On Sunday, February 1st, a dream season came to a screeching halt. In a blink of an eye, Ben Roethlisberger threw a perfect ball into the hands of Santonio Holmes.
Holmes, the MVP of the game, caught the ball and drug his feet into the endzone, dashing the hope of players and fans. I will give it to the Steelers, they played one hell of a game, but when Kurt Warner threw that touchdown to Larry Fitzgerald, there was only one problem, time.
The Cardinals scored with over two minutes left, which is an eternity for Ben Roethlisberger. He threw a perfect pass to cap the game winning drive. Giving the Cardinals only 37 seconds for a miracle. That miracle never came. This was not the only Super Bowl that slipped right through Warner's grasp.
Adam Vinateri and the Patriots kicked a field goal as time expired to cap an improbable run to the Super Bowl. But, three years before that, future Hall of Famer Trent Green went down with injury, and as Kurt Warner walked onto the field, the Rams hope for a good season walked off, and bad memories entered the Trans World Dome.
In the 1998 season, the Rams finished last in the standings. But those horrible memories never walked onto the field. The most remarkable season in 1999 was about to start. Kurt passed for over 4,300 yards and 41 touchdowns. This team's high powered offense led the Rams to a 13-3 record and an NFC West title, a title which the 49ers won 12 of the past 13 years.
Kurt led the Rams to the Super Bowl, where the most famous tackle in all of pro football history was made. With time expiring, Steve McNair threw a pass to Kevin Dyson. This looked like the game was going to go into overtime as Dyson ran towards the end-zone, but Mike Jones, a Rams linebacker wrapped Dyson up on the one yard line to end the game.
Warner won the MVP that year, and with the help of Marshall Faulk, Isaac Bruce, and Torry Holt, a Super Bowl championship. Getting to the five reasons, here I go.
- Two MVP Awards: Kurt won the most coveted award in Pro Football in 1999 and 2001, were he led the Rams to the Super Bowl.
- Three Super Bowl Appearances: Warner has led his team to the Super Bowl three times, two with the Rams, one with the Cardinals.
- Four All-Pro selections: Warner was selected to the Pro Bowl four times in his career, three with the Rams, and one in 2009 for the Cardinals.
- Statistics: Warner is ranked fourth all-time in career passer rating. He is also second all-time in completion percentage. He also holds the 3 biggest single-game passing yardage totals in a Super Bowl.
- Great Person: Both Kurt and his wife Brenda are active Christians. Warner has also appeared in several public service announcements for Civitan International, promoting their volunteer efforts and their work with the developmentally disabled. Warner has devoted time and money to his First Things First Foundation. The foundation has been involved with numerous projects for causes such as children's hospitals, people with developmental disabilities and assisting single parents. Warner's work both on and off the field resulted in him being awarded the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2008.