Warner’s chances for Hall of Fame 2016

Posted by Darren Urban on February 5, 2016 – 7:42 am

At this point, it seems inevitable that Kurt Warner will get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It’s a matter of when, I’d guess, rather than if. Warner is in his second year as a finalist, and as the Hall of Fame itself notes, since 1970 85 percent of all players who are finalists eventually get in.

Will that be this year? That’s a lot more murky of a question. Of the 14 finalists accompanying Warner, only one — quarterback Brett Favre — seems to be a lock. The other potential four spots seem up for grabs. Steelers/Panthers Linebacker Kevin Greene is a finalist for a fifth time, but he’s a candidate who has definitely split the voters as a guy who deserves to be in. Colts Wide receiver Marvin Harrison is a finalist for a third time and he’s another guy who seems inevitable, although does he top first-time finalist Terrell Owens, the wide receiver best known for his years with the 49ers/Eagles/Cowboys? Could both go in and shrink the available spots? Rams tackle Orlando Pace is another guy who seems likely to get in sooner rather than later. The other finalists this year:

Saints K Morten Andersen
Broncos S Steve Atwater
Cards/Chargers Coach Don Coryell
Broncos RB Terrell Davis
Bucs/Colts coach Tony Dungy
Steelers/Jets/Cards G Alan Faneca
Redskins T Joe Jacoby
Colts/Cards RB Edgerrin James
Bucs S John Lynch

Again, if Warner doesn’t get in, he’s still likely to eventually. Interestingly, there has not been a quarterback inducted in a decade — and in 2006, there were two that went in, Troy Aikman and Warren Moon. The year before that, two QBs went in — Dan Marino and Steve Young. So getting both Warner and Favre in the same year wouldn’t be a shock.

Warner still has to battle that mid-part of his career, late with the Rams, the season with the Giants and his early Cardinals’ years, where his play wasn’t very Hall of Famey. But I saw those Cardinals’ years myself and that had less to do with the quarterback than the team construction itself. (Danny Green’s coaching staff cornucopia didn’t help either.) But every player who has won multiple MVPs is in the Hall, and Warner took two franchises to the Super Bowl that hadn’t sniffed such a thing in a long time. He’s Hall-worthy. The question is, is this the year?

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6 Responses to “Warner’s chances for Hall of Fame 2016”

  1. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Feb 5, 2016 | Reply

    Warner was so good burning teams who blitzed him – he just feasted on the blitz. That’s the biggest difference between the play of Warner and Palmer, IMO.

  2. By kauaicardsfan on Feb 5, 2016 | Reply

    Aloha Darren,
    Never been to the HOF, maybe one day but has there been anyone in the HOF that has never gone to the Superbowl and/or had to win one? Reason I’m asking is if thats a huge factor in getting in?
    Or is it based on the accomplishments mainly on the person regardless of winning the big one?
    There are a lot of players that never won the big one but should be in there?

  3. By Darren Urban on Feb 5, 2016 | Reply

    Kauai —

    RE: Super Bowl/HoF

    There are plenty of players in who never made a Super Bowl or won one. But the Super Bowl means something for sure.

  4. By Jay Ensley on Feb 5, 2016 | Reply

    Sports Hall of Fames always claim that character is important in selecting members. If so, Warner wins twice. His performance on the field is actually exceeded by his performance as a person.

  5. By CARDS62 on Feb 6, 2016 | Reply

    Warner is definitely a hall of famer in my book. Brett Favre is also a Hall of Famer, but if you give me one guy to win a big playoff game I take Warner over Favre.
    Our oline was not good at all and he drove us to the Super Bowl and had us in position to win the game, but our defense lost it.

    I have been a Cardinal Fan for over 40 years and Warner took our team and my people, Cardinal fans, who were lost wondering in the desert and delivered us to the promise land. Remember how low of a franchise we were before that run?
    In my book that makes him a hall of famer with larry # 11 legend joining him one day. I think time has showed us it was not Whisenhunt that drove us on that run.

    Go Cards!

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