Some times, the good guys do win

Posted on: January 19, 2009

For everyone…who’s ever has been counted out but refused to be knocked out, and for everyone who has stumbled but stood right back up and for everyone who works hard and never gives up, this one’s for you.

Hillary Clinton’s speech after winning Ohio primary, March 4, 2008

Kurt Warner

Kurt Warner

 This very well could be Kurt Warner’s mantra as he has made another improbable comeback in his football career that has seen him go from discarded to glorified to forgotten and now on top of his game once again.

 Yes, I cheer for Kurt Warner because we went to the University of Northern Iowa at the same time, but I mainly cheer him on for his never-say-die attitude.  At the beginning of this NFL season, Warner was to be the backup quarterback of the Arizona Cardinals behind Heisman trophy winner and former Southern California star Matt Leinart. But Warner proved himself in the preseason and earned the starting spot.

 Now he has led the Cardinals, who are not known for their football prowess, to the Super Bowl. At 37 and considered washed-up before this season, this may be even sweeter than the two Super Bowls he led the St. Louis Rams to earlier this decade.

Since being the star quarterback at Regis High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in the late ’80s, Warner has had to prove himself every step of the way. He wasn’t always a starter at UNI (much to many fans’ dismay), but when he finally did start, he was allowed to showcase his talent.

The rest of his storybook career is cemented in history. He tried out for but failed to make the roster of the Green Bay Packers. To support his family, he worked as a stocker at Hy-Vee. He then turned heads while in the Arena Football League and landed a spot with the St. Louis Rams. When starting quarterback Trent Green was injured in a pre-season game in 1999, Warner was given a shot as a starter. What was to be a promising season for the Rams, was certainly over with this nobody QB.   

But, again, when given the chance, Warner rose to the occasion and stunned the football world with his performance which led him to the Most Valuable Player award and a Super Bowl championship. Sports stars are supposed to come from big, fancy schools and be drafted into the pros with pomp and circumstance. They typically aren’t nice guys from a small school who weren’t given a real chance until they were 28.

That type of perseverance gives the rest of us hope that we too can work hard, improve our skills and finally get noticed. As somebody who went to that same small school as Kurt Warner, I can relate with him. I didn’t get my college degree in journalism and didn’t work at large daily newspapers before I came to The Gazette. But with perseverance I have stuck with my career and plan to keep up with the new and exiciting changes ahead.

Thanks, Kurt. And good luck in the Super Bowl.

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