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Updated Feb 7, 2012 - 4:13 pm

Warner left NFL knowing he could still play

Kurt Warner's last game as an NFL quarterback saw him get knocked out of the game due to an injury suffered during the return of an interception, with many thinking that hit was one of the reasons he walked away from the game a couple weeks later.

Not true.

Warner, who was a guest on Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo Tuesday, explained why he retired just a few weeks after completing 29 of 33 passes for 379 yards and five touchdowns in a thrilling win over the Packers, seemingly at the top of his game.

"It was because of what the game was starting to take from me, what the demands were for me as a football player," he said. "It was starting to affect me personally, it was starting to affect me physically, and I just wasn't willing to give that anymore."

Wanting to spend more time with his wife Brenda and their seven children, Warner walked away from the game and left a void the Cardinals have not yet filled.

However, no one had any ill will towards Warner -- nor should they -- because while he likely could have continued to play at a high level, there's no shame in walking away when the time feels right.

"So that is the reason why I ended up retiring, not because of anything else," he said.

As it stands, Warner's legacy is a pretty impressive one.

With 32,344 yards, 208 touchdowns and a career completion percentage of 65.5 to his credit -- along with one Super Bowl ring -- he will surely go down as one of the best QBs of his era.

However, he knows there's a chance he will not be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, no matter the numbers.

"Probably the biggest check against me in my career is that I didn't play as many games as most Hall of Famers," he said. "Most guys play a long period of time and in their career play most of the games in their career.

"My career is different; everything that I accomplished in my career I accomplished after 28-years-old, which is what I think bodes well in my favor."

Only time will tell, but whether he gets enshrined in Canton or not, Warner will surely go down as one of the best Cardinals of all time.


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