As Arizona Cardinals fans, Kurt Warner pretty much walks on water. Most would say that his career is worthy of the Hall of Fame. He did not have the longevity, but he had two parts of his career in which he played at a higher level than almost any other quarterback. He went to three Super Bowls, winning one and, more importantly, taking the Cardinals to within a couple of minutes of a Super Bowl win.
Now as a member of the media, he is frequently asked about whether other QBs are worthy to be part of the Hall of Fame. Recently, he made some waves about Eli Manning, saying he is not worthy yet, even with two Super Bowl titles.
"The kind of quarterback they have been their entire careers, I don't think it is even close between Peyton and Eli. I give Eli credit. Two championships, phenomenal. I would love to have two championships. But I do not believe he is a Hall of Fame player for the first eight years of his career.
"He probably doesn't have to win another championship, but he does, in my opinion, need to be the guy that he was this year for the rest of his career.
"And if he is that guy the rest of his career and finishes with just two championships, then yes, I believe he becomes a Hall of Famer. But just because he has two championships up to this point, he's been extremely inconsistent throughout his career. We all know he can get hot. But that doesn't automatically solidify one player, catapult into Hall of Fame status because his team got hot, he played extremely well for just select periods of his career."
Is Warner right? Or do we look more at being a champion than anything else as a QB? I think Eli is on the right track. But to be able to be worthy of Canton, he will need a few more seasons that are like this season statistically.
After all, Warner will likely be a Hall of Famer. He ought to know.
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