January 10, 2010
Adam Schefter is quoting sources close to Kurt Warner(notes) as saying that this season is likely to be Warner's last in the NFL.
If that does turn out to be the case, it won't be much of a surprise. Warner is 38 years old, has considered retirement before and has had problems with concussions.
If this is it for Warner, he'll be going out maybe not at the tippy-top of his game, but pretty close. He had a quarterback rating of 93.2 this season, with 26 touchdowns and over 3,700 yards. If the Cardinals are going to repeat the playoff success they had last season, it will be on Warner's shoulders.
In my opinion, the guy's a Hall of Famer, so speaking purely as a fan, I'd hate to see him go. He clearly has a lot left in the tank, and the NFL's better for having him around.
But he's a family man, and he's always made it pretty clear that there's more to his life than football. He's never seemed like one of those guys who lives, breathes and eats the game. It's never been hard to picture him without it. And really, who could blame the guy? It's a violent and brutal game, and especially when concussions are involved, there's no reason for a guy to risk his future.
So there's your heads up. Not only is today likely to be a more entertaining day of football than yesterday, but you might also get to see a Hall of Famer in his final game.
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