TEMPE, AZ - JANUARY 29: Quarterback Kurt Warner of the Arizona Cardinals announces his retirement from football during a press conference at the team's training center auditorium on January 29, 2010 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Is Kurt Warner deserving of enshrinement in Canton?
The question has been seemingly ubiquitous since Warner retired last Friday in Arizona, a two-time league MVP, three-time Super Bowl quarterback and one-time Super Bowl champ. What's interesting about this particular question, though, is that everyone seems to have the same answer: it is a resounding yes, and from where we're standing, it's not hard to see why.
The two teams Warner led to the Super Bowl (Arizona and St. Louis) had been chronic cellar-dwellers in their pre-Warner days, and that is to say nothing of individual statistical merit, a category in which the former grocery store clerk also excelled. He is one of two quarterbacks in history, along with Fran Tarkenton, to throw for 100 touchdowns and 14,000 yards for two different teams.
Given all this--and Warner's standing as a presumed Hall of Famer--Tony Romo's response when asked about Warner came as fairly predictable. Romo, just like everyone else, has little doubt that the former Cardinal deserves a bust in Canton.
"It speaks for itself, I think," Romo said, per ESPNDallas. "He played in three Super Bowls, won one, MVP, what else do you want to have in a Hall of Famer?"
The Dallas quarterback lauded Warner for his work on and off the field.
"He has had an incredible career, he has nothing to prove," Romo said. "He has been a great ambassador to the game and a great player. We have been lucky and fortunate enough to be able to watch him and be around him."