Expect Kurt Warner to fight for Anquan Boldin’s HOF induction
No offense, Larry Fitzgerald, but Kurt Warner isn’t going to be jumping on the Pro Football Hall of Fame promotional bandwagon for you.
It’s only because he doesn’t need to.
“I think Larry’s a lock, so I’m not going to get up on the table for him,” Warner said in an interview with NBC Sports’ Mike Florio for a PFT Live segment that will air Wednesday.
Florio asked the former Cardinals quarterback and recent Hall of Fame inductee Warner which of his former teammates he will work hardest to promote when they are eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame. No, it’s not Fitzgerald, or former Rams teammate Torry Holt.
Warner will be the loudest supporter for former Ram Isaac Bruce but maybe even moreso, he’ll be clamoring in support of former Arizona teammate Anquan Boldin.
“So I believe (Bruce) belongs in but I also believe he and Torry will get in, and so I might bang the table for Anquan Boldin because I think of all those guys he gets the least respect for how great he is,” Warner told Florio. “It amazes me, we want to keep looking at measurables and how fast guys are as opposed to just one of the greatest football players I ever played with. Competed more than anybody I ever played against. Wanted the ball in his hands. Was a difference maker.
“Everybody tries to get rid of him, and he just goes and he’s the number one receiver on that next team,” Warner added. “So I would love to get on the table for him as well because I believe when you look at his overall numbers and what he’s done it’s incredible as all those guys are. It’s a tough call but I want to get Isaac in because he belongs in and then I think ‘Q’ does too and so I would try to stand on the table for two guys if I could.”
Boldin, who is reportedly mulling retirement, has accumulated 13,779 receiving yards and 82 touchdowns in his 14 NFL seasons, the first seven of which came with the Cardinals.
More than half of those yards (7,520) and touchdowns (44) came in Arizona, but he’s spent the last seven seasons in Baltimore (3 years), San Francisco (3 years) and Detroit (1 year).