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The Religious Affiliation of
professional football player, quarterback
From: Ervin Shaw, "Kurtis 'Kurt' Warner" webpage, posted posted 17 February 2002; rewritten and reposted 4 November 2002; in "Christian Testimonies" section of "The Truth . . . What Is It?" website (http://poptop.hypermart.net/testkw.html; viewed 14 February 2006):
An e-mail story circulated about this man, and I fell for it. Though not basically different, it was quite embellished. Check it at the Truth or Fiction web site [link to: http://www.ktb.net/WebServ/missing.html].
When he got his pink slip and lost his job with the Green Bay Packers in 1994, he returned to Cedar Falls, Iowa, and worked nights stocking grocery store shelves for $5.50 per hour in Waterloo. The NFL's St. Louis Rams hired him, and he rose to fame throwing 41 touchdown passes in the 1999 season and quarterbacking the Rams to victory in the following Super Bowl (XXXIV) in January 2000 (named NFL's most valuable player).
So what happened to the stock boy's personal life? Well, Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Warner now live in St. Louis, where he is employed by the St. Louis Rams. How did he meet Brenda? A former U. of Northern Iowa team mate talked Kurt into going to a country-music club in Cedar Falls. There was an instant connection, but Brenda, a single mom with two children (one being blinded and brain injured from being dropped by his father), was doubtful. Kurt accepted Brenda's children...they married in 1996...and subsequently adopted them. But that is not the end of the story...wait until you hear the rest of the story!
How did this man come to be? What manner of man is he? In the fall of 1999, at a Billy Graham crusade, Kurt told a crowd of 40,000 that, "Who am I? I am a devout Christian man; I am not a football player. That is what I do. When I throw a touchdown pass, my thoughts are on how I can use this success on the field as a platform to glorify and praise my Lord Jesus Christ." He became a Christian 1996, about 3 months after Brenda's parents were killed in a tornado (Brenda was his girlfriend then). It was Brenda's (a Christian) way that she handled these deaths, this tragedy, with such grace that impressed Kurt. He also knew of her similar response to the crippling injury to her son, Zachary, 8 years earlier (the baby was dropped on its head). See Kurt's autobiography, Keep Your Head Up. His founder of the First Things First foundation [http://www.firstthingsfirstfoundation.com/].
Webpage created 14 February 2006. Last modified 14 February 2006.
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