Former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner did not make the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. He reportedly was among the final 10 names, but was passed up this time around.
Warner was on the "Burns and Gambo Show" on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM on Monday and said it wasn't a surprise he didn't get in on the first ballot.
"I think you look at guys like the guys that got in, and you say every one of those guys was deserving. "Every one of those guys has waited," Warner said. "Does Kurt's career necessarily merit the first ballot or the jump over those guys that had fabulous careers in the National Football League?"
Junior Seau, Jerome Bettis, Charles Haley, Tim Brown, Will Shields, Mick Tingelhoff, Ron Wolf and Bill Polian are this year's Hall of Fame class.
Warner was surprised that tackle Orlando Pace was not selected as a first ballot guy.
There is to be some consolation for Warner, who led teams to the Super Bowl three times, winning once with the St. Louis Rams. He was told "there's a strong possibility" he will get in later on.
It is normally the case with guys that are finalists. They usually get in at some point.
Will it be next year? That might be tough. Brett Favre will become eligible and he is a sure fire first ballot Hall of Famer. Will the voters select two QBs in the same year? It's possible.
But until then, Warner is "just happy to be considered." He will "take it year by year and see what happens."