A look at Kurt Warner’s remarkable NFL career: By the Numbers
Jan 30, 2017, 8:32 AM | Updated: 2:13 pm
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Kurt Warner will always have a spot in the hearts of Cardinals fans.
He led the team to its first ever Super Bowl appearance and made the Cardinals feel like winners in the form of consecutive NFC West championships in 2008 and 2009.
But what you may not know is that Warner also rewrote the NFL record books during his stops in St. Louis, New York and Arizona. Even though Warner had some rough spots in his 11-year NFL career, he set many records that still stand today.
The two-time MVP is up for induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the third time, and many think this will be the year the owner of one of the sport’s best rags-to-riches stories will get the nod for enshrinement.
Here are some of the mind-bending stats from Warner’s historic career, By the Numbers:
He’s one of only nine players in the history of the NFL to win two or more AP Most Valuable Player awards, joining Tom Brady, Jim Brown, Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Joe Montana, Aaron Rodgers, Johnny Unitas and Steve Young.
Warner is the fastest quarterback to throw for 10,000 yards, which he did in his 36th NFL game.
He’s the only quarterback to throw for over 14,000 yards with two different NFL franchises — the Rams and Cardinals.
The former signal caller appeared in three NFC Championship Games without a loss, which is the most appearances by a QB without losing. Warner has a QB rating of 94.59 in conference title games.
In Super Bowl XXXIV, Warner tossed for 414 yards, which is the most passing yards by any quarterback in the Super Bowl. His performance came in a winning effort, as Warner’s Rams beat the Tennessee Titans 23-16.
Not only does Warner have the highest passing yardage total in Super Bowl history, he has the top three yardage totals. Along with his 414 yard game in Super Bowl XXXIV, he also threw for 377 yards in Super Bowl XLIII and 365 yards in Super Bowl XXXVI.
Warner has the highest completion percentage in a regular-season game, with at least 20 attempts. He completed 24-of-26 passes in a 31-17 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in September of 2009.
Warner’s career completion percentage is 65.5 percent. This is the fourth-highest completion percentage in NFL history, behind only Drew Brees, Chad Pennington and Kirk Cousins.
Warner threw for an average of 260.8 yards per game, which is the seventh-highest average in NFL history.
During the 2008 Super Bowl run, Warner tied an NFL record by throwing 11 touchdown passes in a single postseason. He shares the record with Joe Montana and Joe Flacco.
It took Warner 114 games to throw for 30,000 yards. He tied this NFL record held by Hall-of-Fame quarterback Dan Marino.
In the 1999 postseason with the St. Louis Rams, Warner threw for an NFL record 1,063 passing yards. That total is the most passing yards for a three game span in the NFL Playoffs.
Warner had six career regular-season games in which he threw for more than 300 yards and four or more touchdowns, which is the sixth-most in NFL history, tied with Eli Manning, Tony Romo and Matthew Stafford. Only Drew Brees (28), Peyton Manning (22), Tom Brady (19), Aaron Rodgers (14), Ben Roethlisberger (8), Andrew Luck (7) and Donovan McNabb (7) have had more such games.
Warner threw 208 regular-season touchdown passes distributed to 35 different receivers. He connected with Larry Fitzgerald for 39 scoring strikes, more than any other receiver. Anquan Boldin was second with 27, followed by Isaac Bruce (22), Torry Holt (18) and Marshall Faulk (18).
Warner had eight career games with four or more touchdown passes. His teams went 8-0 in those contests.