It's been nearly two decades since Kurt Warner led the St. Louis Rams to victory in Super Bowl XXXIV, but that high of winning it all hasn't left the former Arena League quarterback's body.
Though he's been retired since 2009 (and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017), Warner has had football on the brain since his last pass as a member of the Arizona Cardinals. The itch to play again got so bad that the 47-year-old Warner admitted during an appearance in the booth while the St. Louis Cardinals took on the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday that he wanted to make a comeback.
"I was actually ready to, for this coming season, I actually talked to a coach and my wife said, 'Go for it, I think it would be great.'" Warner said. "So I actually talked to a coach about possibly doing it if they needed someone, but then they went out and signed somebody. I don't think they thought I was serious. So I think we're completely done now."
The fact that an NFL coach even got on the horn with Warner to talk a comeback shows you how much respect the current NFL Network analyst has with the league, but the dream of starting another game in the NFL at Warner's age was probably always farfetched. Still, Warner doesn't seem like he's totally done trying, despite what he said above.
"I don't know if I would ever really do it, because it's easy to sit up here and go, 'I feel great, I can throw it in my backyard, I could still play in the NFL.' I have too much respect for the game and those guys," Warner continued. "But there have been moments where I was like, I feel so good and I look at the state of the quarterbacks sometimes in the league and say, 'I think I could do it better than them if I could get back up to form and spend some time.' I'm just hoping that one team, at some point, gives me another 7-on-7. Just give me 20 plays and let me see if I can still do it."