Warner returns — as a dancer

Posted by Darren Urban on September 24, 2010 – 3:23 pm

Remember how I said Kurt Warner wasn’t walking through that door?

Guess I was wrong.

Not totally wrong. Warner returned to the Tempe facility and practice Friday not to play football but to tape some content with his “Dancing With The Stars” partner Anna Trebunskaya. So they discussed football and watched a little practice and took a tour of the locker room and weight room (It’ll be featured on the part of the show Monday when the episode airs the taped piece about the duo’s week just before they dance). Warner said hello to a bunch of teammates as they came off the field and then watched as Trebunskaya tried to teach Larry Fitzgerald some dance moves.

(Fitzgerald, by the way, said he had been invited to be on the show in the spring following the Cards’ Super Bowl appearance. He told them no. “I just didn’t want my teammates to think I wasn’t committed to the cause,” Fitzgerald said. When I followed up by asking if he’d be on the show if he wasn’t playing, Fitz chuckled. “I didn’t say that,” he said. “I didn’t say that, either.”)

Funniest part? When Warner was taking Trebunskaya through the locker room, he showed her Adrian Wilson’s locker. Her response? “Is that the guy who jumps?” They’ve apparently been watching youtube.

They both took a second to talk a little bit on camera. Trebunskaya spoke about coming back to Warner’s home turf, and the vibe she got when he showed up. “I kind of felt we were going to come back and people were going to ask his advice and say, ‘Hey come back,’ ” she said.

No one said that specifically, she added, but “I kind of saw it in a few peoples’ faces. They didn’t say it, but that longing, ‘I wish you were the one throwing the ball.’ ”

That brought a smile to Warner’s face, who acknowledged that part of it had made the decision to retire difficult. Coming back to the field “made me want to get out there a little bit,” he said.

“When you make the decision, you have both sides of the coin,” Warner said. “You have to do what is best for you and your family and your future, but at the same time you understand the responsibility to your teammates and your organization because of what you’ve built.

“That’s one of the hardest parts, especially after coming out of the blocks and the changes and (seeing) the struggles early, you feel a little responsibility. But the one thing I always fall back on in making the decision is you feel we built this thing up and when I left, it was in a great position to continue to succeed.”

Interestingly, one of the most difficult things Warner is having with the show? Hearing the music while he is dancing. After spending so many years tuning out the crowd noise on the field – he, like many players, blank it out when playing – he finds himself doing the same to the music. That doesn’t work well when your rhythm must line up to that music.

One of his strengths as a dancer? “He’s a pretty good leader,” Trebunskaya said. Warner a good leader? Who would’ve thunk it?

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14 Responses to “Warner returns — as a dancer”

  1. By Ed on Sep 24, 2010 | Reply

    It would be awesome to see Kurt still playing quarterback from the Cardinals but he made the right decision. He’s financially secure and wants to spend time with his family while the kids are young. Football is a brutal sport and one too many hits has got you mumbling like Joe Frazier. Way to go Kurt, dance your keester off!

  2. By Brad ONeill on Sep 24, 2010 | Reply

    i hear kurts wife has been hitting up jay glazer for some mma traiining. if i was that dancer i would watch out.

  3. By bobf on Sep 24, 2010 | Reply

    someone should have kidnapped him.

  4. By bryce on Sep 24, 2010 | Reply

    I agree larry an A-Dub should have stuck him in his old locker an only let him out for partice an gamedays lol….Love ya kurt

  5. By TBru on Sep 24, 2010 | Reply

    I have no problem with Kurt’s decision to retire, his call to make. But Dancing with the stars, and Zac & Cody, seriously Kurt we need to talk about your choices lol

  6. By Big Red on Sep 24, 2010 | Reply

    Wish you all the Luck in the World, Kurt. You just don’t know how much I’ve waited to see the Cards in the Super Bowl. Thanks again and God Bless You. 60 years thats all, thats again.

  7. By "Breakin 2:ElectricBugaloo"StandsUp on Sep 24, 2010 | Reply

    Hopefully Warner stopped to get tips from the next best breakdancer, DRC.

  8. By Kalli on Sep 24, 2010 | Reply

    Great quarterback, great competitor, and great human being. Good luck Kurt!

  9. By Brian R. on Sep 25, 2010 | Reply

    I have no problem with him retiring at all.. Have no problem with him in dancing with the stars. It will keep him in shape. We should give Kurt Warner the QB coaching job 🙂

  10. By Dave on Sep 25, 2010 | Reply

    Sigh…Hopefully he had a little talk with Anderson!

  11. By Chuck on Sep 25, 2010 | Reply

    I miss Kurt 🙁

  12. By Chuck on Sep 25, 2010 | Reply

    Hopfully Kurt been talking to #4

  13. By Darren Urban on Sep 25, 2010 | Reply

    Chuck —

    RE: Kurt talk

    No. 4?

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