Is Kurt Warner the Most Underrated QB in the NFL?

Gordon TrueCorrespondent IJanuary 5, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 03:  Quarterback Kurt Warner #13 of the Arizona Cardinals looks on before entering the field to take on the Green Bay Packers at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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I recently came across a poll asking whether Kurt Warner or Aaron Rodgers was the better quarterback. I was astonished to see that 62 percent of almost 10,000 voters had selected Aaron Rodgers as the better quarterback.

Now, I realize that voters were likely weighing factors such as age and surrounding talent into the equation, which is certainly fair. Still, it got me thinking about just how underrated Kurt Warner is.

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning stand atop the list of today's NFL quarterbacks. Drew Brees, Brett Favre, Phillip Rivers, Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, and others are close behind. Kurt Warner seems to be an after-thought, fitting in around the middle of the pack.

Here are some of Kurt Warner's accomplishments. Read these over closely, because some of these are just ridiculous.

  • Second all-time Career Passing Yards per Game (260.4)
  • Highest all-time percentage of 300-yard games (45.2 percent)
  • Tied (P. Manning) for most games with perfect passer rating (three)
  • 1-of-2 players in NFL history to throw 100 TD with two teams
  • Only player in NFL history to throw 14,000 yards with two teams
  • Tied (Marino) as fastest player to 30,000 pass yards (114 gms)
  • Tied (Unitas) for consecutive games with 120+ passer rating (four)
  • Highest Passing Yards per Game on MNF (329.4)
  • Oldest QB to throw 30 touchdowns in a season
  • Most 300-yard games (113)
  • Only QB to throw 40 TD and win the Superbowl in the same season
  • Highest completing percentage in a single game (92.3 percent)
  • Tied (Montana) most TD in single postseason (11)
  • Most passing yards in a single postseason (1,147)
  • First, Second, and Third for passing yards in a Superbowl (414, 377, 365)

These career accomplishments put Kurt Warner in a tier with the likes of some his co-record-holders: Dan Marino, Johnny Unitas, Joe Montana, and Peyton Manning. If you ask me, Warner is a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame.

Many critics will point to the high-octane offense of both the Rams and the Cardinals as the reason for Warner's gaudy numbers.

But ask yourself this: How were the Rams before and after Kurt Warner? How about the Cardinals? How has their offense looked with Matt Leinart?

Perhaps, Kurt Warner isn't the beneficiary of high-octane offense, but the catalyst.

Kurt Warner has proven himself to be one of the all time greats in decision making, passing accuracy, and reading defenses.

Not only will Kurt Warner be the best QB on the field this Sunday against the Packers, he could very well be the best QB on the field throughout the postseason. The only exception would come from a Superbowl match-up against the Pats or Colts.

Maybe it's the small-market teams he plays for. Maybe it's the way he seems to create overshadowing superstars around him. Maybe its his quiet, humble demeanor.

Whatever the reason, Kurt Warner remains, in the face of his continuous onslaught of NFL records, the leagues most underrated quarterback.


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