NFL great Kurt Warner touts importance of United Football League
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Before Kurt Warner was a Super Bowl champion and a Pro Football Hall of Famer, he had to scratch and claw his way just to make the NFL.
Warner has one of the most inspiring NFL journeys. He wasn’t drafted after coming out of Northern Iowa. He played three seasons in the Arena Football League for the Iowa Barnstormers and then tried his hand with the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe before joining the St. Louis Rams in 1998.
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Kurt Warner is shown ahead of Super Bowl XXXVI. (Matthew West/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images)
He was initially the backup to Trent Green at the start of the 1999 season, but Green suffered a season-ending ACL injury in a preseason game. Warner showcased his incredible talents in that first season on his way to an NFL MVP Award and a Super Bowl championship.
He told Fox News Digital in Las Vegas ahead of Super Bowl LVIII that developmental leagues, like the United Football League (UFL), are important for football players.
"I think it’s huge," Warner said. "Some guys don’t get the recognition or they don’t have the perfect college environments to really showcase what they’re capable of doing. If it just comes down to NFL or nothing, I would’ve never had my shot to prove to people that I could play."
The Birmingham Stallions celebrate after the Stallions won the 2023 USFL Championship Game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on July 1, 2023, in Canton, Ohio. (Andy Lyons/USFL/Getty Images for USFL)
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The United Football League was born out of the merger