What a Long Strange Trip It's Been for Kurt Warner

Michael TagliapietraContributor IMay 29, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  Kurt Warner #13 of the Arizona Cardinals looks on before Super Bowl XLIII against the Pittsburgh Steelers on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

We all know the story, it's the underdog, down and out, kicked to the curb, rags to riches  individual that comes from obscurity and finally reaches the pinnacle.  We as fans embrace it, dream about it, and lust for it.  It's the story of adversity, it's the story of failure, it's the story of perseverance, it's the story of one Kurtis Eugen Warner.  The unassuming quarterback from Cedar Rapids Iowa has gone through all of this, and yet I never hear his name mentioned as one of the greatest at his position.  To be honest, that's probably just the way he wants it. 

If I had the chance to sit down with Kurt, here are the questions I would like to ask him.

1. Did you ever reach the point where you doubted your abilities and wanted to give up on your football career?

2. I know you're a man of faith, but besides God, what is it that kept you going through all the adversity?

3. If you were to start your football journey over again, knowing what you know now, what would you do differently?

4. If you were the GM of the Cardinals how would you handle the Anquan Boldin situation?

5. How disappointing was the super bowl loss to Pittsburgh and did you at all blame yourself for the loss?

6. You were benched in New York and Arizona and replaced by young, inexperienced quarterbacks.  Being a competitive person, how did you handle this? Did you ever feel like complaining to the coaches?

7. Many quarterbacks are written off once they reach their late 30's.  You have had success where others have not, what do you attribute this to?

8.  Looking at the draft and free agent acquisitions of the Cardinals, what are your expectations for the team this year?

9.  Do you ever see yourself going through the roller-coaster that Brett Favre has put us on for the last several years?  When will you know enough is enough and how difficult will that decision be?

10. You've enjoyed great success and accumulated great wealth by playing a game you love.  After football, how do you plan to spend your time?