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Does Kurt Warner Belong in The Hall of Fame?

Zeke FuhrmanAnalyst IIIOctober 24, 2008

·           24,000 passing yards

·           164 TDs

·           92.3 Passer Rating (3rd all-time)

·           65% completion percentage (2nd all-time)

·           3 seasons with a passer rating over 101.0

·           3 games with a perfect passer rating (158.3)

·           2-time NFL MVP

·           Super Bowl XXXIV MVP, 414 passing yds, 45 attempts with no INT

            (both Super Bowl records)


But are these numbers good enough to get Kurt Warner into the Hall of Fame?

If you look closely at Warner's numbers, minus his two MVP seasons, you'll find he has very mediocre numbers. In his MVP seasons of 1999 and 2001, he threw for a combined 9,183 yards, 77 touchdowns, while completing 700 passes. His MVP seasons were the only time Warned played in all 16 games in his career.

Some people may argue that no two-time MVP doesn't belong in the Hall of Fame. Other quarterbacks that have won two or more MVP awards include Johnny Unitas, Brett Favre*, Joe Montana, Steve Young, Peyton Manning**, Fran Tarkenton, and Y.A Tittle. All seven of these players are or will be in the Hall. Does Warner belong with them?

  • Unitas: 199 games, 2,830 completions, 54% complete, 40,239 yds, 290 TDs, 78.2 rating
  • Favre(a): 263 games, 5,510 completions, 61% complete, 62,976 yds, 455 TDs, 92.3 rating
  • Montana: 192 games, 3,409 completions, 63% complete, 40,551 yds, 273 TDs, 92.3 rating
  • Young: 169 games, 2,667 completions, 64% complete, 33,124 yds, 232 TDs, 96.8 rating
  • Manning(a): 166 games, 3,604 completions, 64% complete, 43,157 yds, 314 TDs, 94.1 rating
  • Tarkenton: 246 games, 3,686 completions, 57% complete, 47,003 yds, 342 TDs, 80.4 rating
  • Tittle: 178 games, 3,817 completions, 56% complete, 28,339 yds, 212  TDs, 73.6 rating
  • Warner(a): 99 games, 2,075 complete, 65% complete, 25,716 yds, 164 TDs, 93.8 rating

Warner has debated retiring after this season. Today, Warner has 12 TDs and 5 INTs# and is on face to throw for over 3,000 yards this season.

Still, I don’t think Warner’s numbers are good enough to put him in the Hall.




 *1997 Co-MVP with Barry Sanders

** 2003 Co-MVP with Steve McNair

(a) - still active in the NFL

#as of 10-24-08

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