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The Return of Kurt Warner

St. Louis’s favorite son, Kurt Warner returns to the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on Sunday as an Arizona Cardinal for the 5th time.  He is still beloved in St. Louis even though he has played for a division rival for as long as he played for the St. Louis Rams.

The reason is plain and simple.  Kurt Warner won a Super Bowl.  He quarterbacked the St. Louis Rams during the time of their greatest achievements.  Not only did he lead the Rams to one Super Bowl victory, he lead them to another Super Bowl two years later, only to lose.  The Rams have not seen those heights since Warner left and so Kurt Warner is still loved in St. Louis.  It is also easy to remember the good times with Warner and gloss over the bad times, like in 2002, when he fumbled 6 times against the New York Giants because his broken finger was not fully healed.  Or when he left St. Louis and he was so battered and bruised by Mike Martz’s offense that he was a shell of his former self in New York.

Beyond the football stuff, which is easy, “He won the Super Bowl”.  Kurt Warner is a very likable guy.  He’s always up for interviews, which keeps the media happy, he’s an avout Christian, a family man, and is always conspicuous in the community helping others.

It also doesn’t help that the Rams play Warner’s Cardinals twice a year and the St. Louis TV affiliates put as many Cardinals games on TV in St. Louis as possible.

It is impossible for St. Louisans to forget the hey day of St. Louis Rams football, but the Rams will be back and eventually Kurt Warner will not be playing in St. Louis once a year.

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