Kurt Warner has one of the best stories in the history of the NFL. From undrafted athlete to Super Bowl-winning quarterback in just a few years, his story is a testament to his hard work and competitive drive. Out of the NFL for quite some time, however, Warner remains active in several roles. Now, he’s teaching a new generation of young athletes to follow their dreams.
Kurt Warner’s NFL journey
After four years at Northern Iowa University, Warner set his sights on the ultimate goal of playing in the NFL. However, after going undrafted in the 1994 NFL Draft, the uphill battle grew even steeper. He briefly signed with the Green Bay Packers before getting released. Before long, Warner played a different type of pro football in the Arena League, spending three seasons with the Iowa Barnstormers before getting a shot at the NFL again.
NFL Europe was a two-headed monster. In many ways, it gave the league a farm system where players who were not quite ready or just past their prime could impress scouts on a large stage. Furthermore, by expanding the brand overseas, the NFL hoped international audiences would fall in love with American football. As such, it was the perfect place for Warner to grow his brand. And It worked.
According to Pro-Football-Reference, Warner finally got his call-up as a member of the St. Louis Rams in 1998. Within two years, he hoisted the trophy at the biggest game in American sports: the Super Bowl. Despite entering the NFL at 27, Warner enjoyed a 12-year career filled with high highs and occasional lows. A Super Bowl winner and Hall of Famer, he finished his career with over 32,000 passing yards en-route to over 200 touchdowns.
Now out of the league for 12 years, Warner is still involved in the sport’s next generation of talent.
Warner’s life in retirement
Warner didn’t need to do much when he retired from the NFL. According to Spotrac, Warner earned a hefty $62 million over the course of his football career. Despite enough money to live comfortably for the rest of his life, Warner never took a break from promoting the game that made him famous.
Warner went straight from the field to the broadcaster’s booth, starting as an analyst before assuming his role as one of the NFL’s go-to radio broadcasters on the radio side of things. Warner’s insights have long been lauded by NFL fans who still prefer taking in sports the old-fashioned way. Furthermore, his media tours show a man who’s comfortable in casual conversation, too.
When Warner isn’t broadcasting for the NFL, however, he’s still taking his job as a football ambassador seriously as a coach for an Arizona high school team where the next generation of talent heeds his every word.
What is Warner up to now?
Warner is still living large with $30 million in the bank, according to Celebrity Net Worth. When he isn’t traveling around the country for his radio gig, he’s a quarterback at Brophy Preparatory Academy. There, he coaches a team of young players, including son Elijah, to prepare for college and beyond. When Warner isn’t teaching Elijah how to throw like an MVP, however, he’s raising his four other kids and two stepchildren, with two grandchildren occasionally joining the mix, as well.
Few people have the same intriguing rags-to-riches story that Kurt Warner had in the NFL. Despite being more than a decade away from the NFL, however, he remains synonymous with football Cinderella stories and the weight that hard work has on those who may not make it through the usual path. Fans can catch him on Monday Night broadcasts or the sidelines at his Arizona school. However, wherever he goes from here, it’s clear that Warner wants to be a part of football for as long as he’s allowed to do it.