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Sunday, September 14, 2003

A little over a year ago, I unequivocally stated that Kurt Warner should be the starting quarterback for the St. Louis Rams. Today, I am changing my decision. It pains me to write this; I love Kurt Warner. He's my favorite football player. In case you're wondering, yes, it is because he's a Christian. Warner plays for my hometown team, and he's my brother in Christ. (Aside from the fact that he's also really good) Yet, Marc Bulger is better. I won't say that I'll have a Marc Bulger card or jersey. I won't follow his career when he leaves the Rams. But he deserves to start for my team. I will never have the intense loyalty to Bulger as I do to Warner, and Marc will have to understand that is true for many St. Louis fans. If they trade Warner, there's going to be an uproar. But what else will you do? 47 million dollars was paid to Warner after the Super Bowl victory. You can't have a backup with that much money! A seven-year contract. This is only year four. This trade's a no-brainer. All that being said, I feel I need to remember Warner's accomplishments. Three of the best years from the quarterback position ever were turned in by Warner. He owns the highest career passer rating (AKA QB rating) in football history. He is also a two-time Most Valuable Player, Super Bowl Champion, and Super Bowl MVP. Yet I hope he puts his worth not in these things, but in Christ, who is "the fullness of him who fills everything in every way." (Ephesians 1:23b, NIV)
You may be thinking, "Jason, it's only football." And you would be correct. But some people make their living playing this game. No doubt Kurt Warner derived some measure of pride (and rightly so, in this case) being the best quarterback in football on the best team in football. The Rams were every bit of that once, and so was Kurt. Now it is no more. It doesn't even feel like the same team. Even if they win another title, they'll never be like the '99 Rams. They were invincible. I mean that. Warner threw 41 touchdowns that year, with the record standing at 48. Some guy named Dan Marino did that. Some argue Marino is the best ever. Anyway, I'm going to remember the guy who gave a fairly winning-deprived football town (remember the football Cardinals?) its only title. If we won in 1940 or something, just stuff it, 'cause nobody alive now was there, and nobody cares.

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