Is Kurt Warner Worthy of the Hall of Fame?

Tom FContributor IAugust 10, 2009

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 23:  Quarterback Kurt Warner #13 of the St. Louis Rams rolls to his right during the NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 23, 2002 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers won 26-14. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Leading up to and after the last Super Bowl, there was a ton of hype generated that Kurt Warner should be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Now, as the 2009 season is about to start, I’m here to tell you that he does not.


I love me some Kurt Warner, and I love the Cardinals’ offense. Running the ball is boring.


He has led two different teams to the Super Bowl.


He’s had three 4,000+ yard seasons.


He has four Pro-Bowl selections, two MVPs, a ring, and a Super Bowl MVP.


That’s it. That’s his resume. Hall of Fame material? You tell me.


Currently, there are 23 QBs from the modern era in the Hall. Warner does indeed trump some of their stats. Today, he has 16 more TDs than Troy Aikman with 182, though he has fewer yards, and more noticeably, fewer rings.


If you look at the 23 current QBs, they were all something special in their time. Whether it be Unitas, Starr, Kelly, or Marino, all these players were top NFL QBs in their time.


Warner has only played three full seasons. From 2002 to 2006, for the most part, Warner all but disappeared. Going AWOL for five of your 11 NFL seasons is not exactly playing your way into the Hall.


Leading two different teams to the Super Bowl is a rare challenge, and from my research only Craig Morton has matched the feat.


Morton and Warner are almost equal in some key passing stats: attempts, completions, yards, and touchdowns. Craig Morton is not in the Hall of Fame.


In his career, Warner has been outshined annually by Favre, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Donovan McNabb. Warner was pushed out of New York by Eli Manning.


Ben Roethlisburger would appear to be on a much better path to the Hall. History, outside of the future Stump the Schwab guy, will likely not remember Warner as a great QB from this current generation.


Yes, Warner’s career has been fun to watch, from his early days with Mike Martz and the Rams to his recent resurgence with the high-powered passing attack with Arizona.


However, if I had a vote, I can’t say that I would use it to elect him to live forever with the very best the game has to offer.