All of a sudden this morning, the idea that quarterback Kurt Warner could be playing his final game today before retirement has gained some media steam. It’s no surprise since Warner has considered the topic after each of the last few seasons. The “will-he-or-won’t-he” isn’t anything in concrete though; I had to smile when I read the ESPN.com report: “He always could change his mind, but this likely will be the 38-year-old Warner’s final NFL season.” Well, you could say that every other year too. Warner is always closest to retirement right at this time. As soon as he gets a month out from playing, he gets back to where he wants to play again.
I know two things: When the concussion happened this season — and Warner already was having deep thoughts about being injured the last couple of years, along with those injuries’ long-term effects — Warner became very introspective. I wouldn’t be shocked that, given those considerations along with everything else, Warner would actually pull the trigger and retire.
Then again, he’s got one year left on his contract, and when he signed it, he made it clear he wanted to see it through. That’s always been important to him too. Whenever the Cards’ season ends, Warner will be asked about it (probably a few times). We’ll see if he says “See ya” or if he says something like, “I’m going to take some time to think about it.” If it’s the latter, I think he’s going to have a tough time walking away.
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