Kurt Warner is an all-around amazing person. Taking into account his skill, his faith, his morals and his undeniable love for his family, he’s got it all. But I want to focus in on his beginning for a second. As many people might not know, Kurt Warner wasn’t just a football player. He actually spent a lot of his time honing his basketball skills and when the end of his high school career came near he nearly chose basketball over football. Eventually he decided to stay with football, the sport that brought out his inner beast. And this inner beast was constantly hungry for victory. He had confidence in himself and he knew that he had what it took to excel in college football, but not too many other people saw it that way. He ended up spending the first three years of his college career riding the UNI bench. His fourth year proved to be a good one, he played like he always knew he could. Following his college career, Warner went undrafted in the 1994 NFL draft. This could have kept him down but he kept going. He was invited to try out for the Green Bay Packers’ training camp in 1994, but was released before the regular season began; Warner was competing for a spot against Brett Favre, Mark Brunell and former Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer. After being cut by the Green Bay Packers during training camp in 1994, Kurt Warner found himself working the graveyard shift at the Hy-Vee grocery store in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Even at this point he didn’t give up, he kept practicing and working hard. He was determined to show everyone what he knew he was capable of. Times became tough and he agreed to play for the Des Moines Barnstormers, a team in the Arena Football League. To him this was “settling” at its finest. Instead of giving up on his NFL dreams he broke record after record in the AFL’s books. He led his team to the Arena Bowl twice (1996 and 1997) and this got him some attention. In 1998, Warner was finally signed by an NFL franchise, the St. Louis Rams, and was allocated to NFL Europe’s Amsterdam Admirals, where he would lead the league in touchdowns and passing yards. He didn’t settle down there either. He set his sights on the Vince Lombardi Trophy. In 1999 he reached that “I’m going to Disney Land” moment. In the game, he threw for two touchdowns and a Super Bowl-record 414 passing yards, including a critical 73-yard touchdown to Isaac Bruce when the game was tied with just over two minutes to play. Warner also set a Super Bowl record by attempting 45 passes without a single interception. For his performance, Warner was awarded the Super Bowl MVP, becoming the seventh player to win both the league MVP and Super Bowl MVP awards in the same year. He went on to lead the Arizona Cardinals to Super Bowl XLIII. They came up short of a victory but he played one heck of a game. Impressed yet?
With a start like this, you would think that Kurt Warner would have given up and just accepted defeat. Instead of throwing off his helmet and being content with working jobs he didn’t have a passion for he kept faith in himself and most importantly, he kept faith in God. In his book “All Things Possible”, he mentions time and time again that he relied on the Lord during the tough seasons and the great seasons too. I don’t want to speak for you, but I know I want to be like that. I want to be able to keep my eyes on God and never give up on my dreams. I want to be able to go out on the field or court and know that I am capable of what seems impossible. I want to never forget that God has his hand on my life. I want to be a part of the biggest wins in history. I want to I want to be a Kurt Warner. How about you?
Hebrews 10:36- You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has.