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Kurt Warner leads in Hall of Fame fan vote

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner looks to throw against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 10, 2008, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

If the NFL fan vote is any indicator, former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner is a lock to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

At last check, Warner was tied at the top with former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson at six percent of the vote each. You can vote for any of the 26 semi-finalists here.

Unfortunately for Warner, the fan vote has no impact on whether or not he officially is inducted into the Hall of Fame. But it does provide some attention to him and his candidacy.

For Warner to actually be inducted, there is a long process that takes place, which the Pro Football Hall of Fame explained.

The Hall of Fame’s selection process includes multiple steps in which the nominees are scrutinized. The Hall facilitates the procedure of three successive reviews of increasing scrutiny with its 48 selectors. The first is a vote to reduce the long list of Modern-Era nominees (typically around 100) to 25 semifinalists, followed by a later vote to reduce to 15 finalists. At the annual “Selection Saturday” Meeting, the finalists are scrutinized even further by the Selectors, who after a thorough discussion of each nominee reduce the list from 15 to 10 and then 10 to 5. At that point, the five remaining nominees are voted on for membership on a yes or no basis. A minimum positive vote of 80 percent is necessary for election.

Clearly, Warner is not a lock to be enshrined in Canton just yet, but this is his third nomination and the fan vote suggests that people would like to see him get in.

Warner spent five of his 11 NFL seasons with the Cardinals. He signed with the team in 2005 and after spending some time on and off the bench, Warner took the Cardinals to new successes, by winning the NFC West in 2008 and 2009 and leading the team to its only Super Bowl appearance in 2008.

Even though Warner couldn’t secure the Super Bowl win for Arizona, he lit up the stat sheet, passing for 377 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

Warner’s stats told the story during his five-year tenure in the Valley. He passed for 15,843 yards, 100 touchdowns and had a 65.1 completion percentage. In 2008 he had his best year, as he threw for 4,583 yards and 30 touchdowns for the Cardinals.

However, a large portion of his candidacy is based on his time with the St. Louis Rams.

After years of toiling in the Arena Football League and NFL Europe, Warner finally got his first NFL starting opportunity in 1999 with St. Louis.

He took advantage of his new opportunity by guiding the Rams to a 13-3 record and a Super Bowl victory.

He even won the NFL MVP award in the process, so it’s safe to say his career started well.

Warner wasn’t finished in St. Louis, as he took the team to the Super Bowl in 2001 and won another league MVP that year. With Warner at quarterback the Rams were known as the ‘The Greatest Show on Turf’ for their high-flying offense.

It seems like Rams and Cardinals fans are thanking Warner by flooding the fan vote, but only time will tell if the Hall of Fame voters are as enthusiastic about his candidacy.

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