The former Cardinal star quarterback, Kurt Warner, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last weekend. While his athletic accomplishments are impressive, the most inspiring aspect of Warner’s life is his consistent faith.
Warner played for three National Football League teams. He started his career with the St. Louis Rams, went on to the New York Giants, and finished with the Arizona Cardinals.
Warner is considered one of the greatest undrafted NFL players of all time. Additionally, he is the only person to be inducted into both the Arena Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Last weekend during his speech for his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Warner gave all of the credit to Jesus. He began the speech by talking about his career and by thanking those who had inspired him through his journey.
He made encouraging statements about holding on to the “yes” in your heart. He talked through his struggles in his career and determination to stay consistent and dedicated to his task.
He said that while he spent many years wondering where this career would take him, he knew that “God had a plan” and that he “needed to be ready when he showed it to me.”
He concluded his speech talking about Jesus. He said, “His final moment was for me, my final moment is for Him. Thank you, Jesus!”
Warner has been public about his faith all throughout his time in the spotlight. When he won the Super Bowl in 2000 with the Rams, he told a reporter, “Well, first thing’s first, I’ve got to thank my Lord and Savior up above- thank you, Jesus!”
In 2008 when he led the Cardinals to the franchise’s first-ever Super Bowl, he said, “Everybody’s going to be tired of hearing this, but I never get tired of saying it. There’s one reason that I’m standing up on this stage today. That’s because of my Lord up above. I’ve got to say thanks to Jesus; you knew I was going to do it, but I’ve got to do it.”
A pro football player, a Super Bowl champion, a hall of famer, and yet Kurt Warner is the proudest of Jesus in his life. That is a mark of good character!
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