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Folding His Cards! Kurt Warner Set to Retire

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 16:  Kurt Warner #13 of the Arizona Cardinals kneels and prays with players from both the Cardinals and the New Orleans Saints after the Saints won 45-14 during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Louisana Superdome on January 16, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Scott Z BradyCorrespondent IJanuary 27, 2010

NFL network has just announced that Cardinals Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner will hold a press conference on Friday, to announce his retirement.

Eeek!

This isn’t good news for Cardinals fans, but it may not be as horrible as many are speculating.

There will be no replacing what Kurt Warner has done for this team. There’s no question that the Cardinals aren’t as good a football team without Warner and his presence on the field. There are few, if any, more consistently accurate QBs in the history of the game, and even fewer that can lay claim to turning two otherwise losing franchises to heights neither has witnessed in literal generations.

The retirement of Warner throws the spotlight directly on former first round draft choice Matt Leinart. Many have already written the fourth year pro off as a bust. But I am firmly in the minority with a solid wait-and-see attitude.

There will be many retrospectives on Warner in the coming days, including mine. But this is a big blow to a team that had its work cut out for it to stay on top anyway, both in the division, and among the handful of NFC ‘elites’.

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