Arizona Cardinals, Books I'm Reading, Football, Kurt Warner


Being from Iowa, when I heard Kurt Warner was going to quarterback the St. Louis Rams my ears perked up immediately. Since he took the team to the Super bowl  our family has followed the Warner’s for the past decade and half.

I just picked up his book First Things First yesterday.

Kurt Warner is the two-time NFL MVP–winning quarterback of the Arizona Cardinals. Brenda Warner is an ex-Marine turned stay-at-home mom who collects coats for low-income kids and rocks babies to sleep at a hospital for chronically-ill infants. Together they’re the parents of seven, going into their 12th year of marriage, and founders of a foundation that helps disadvantaged children and families. Their formula for success? They put First Things First—family, faith, and giving to others—it’s their family motto, and it drives everything they do. First Things First is an honest, insightful, and entertaining look at life inside the Warner household. Kurt and Brenda speak candidly about their marriage, the values they are working to instill in their kids, things they’ve done right, mistakes they’ve made, the importance of giving back, and the legacy they hope to leave behind.

Can’t wait to finished it and have Kurt come to speak at our church here in Prescott someday.


Lead pastor Prescott First Assembly

Arizona Cardinals, Football, Kurt Warner

Kurt Warner Retires

Brenda and I made it a date at our favorite eating establishment here in Prescott to watch Kurt Warner announce his retirement today.

So the Office had all the TV’s turned up and Kurt gave thanks to God, his family and his team mates for the amazing journey they helped him attain.

A man of deep faith who carried a Bible to each post-game news conference, Warned walked away with a year left on a two-year, $23 million contract, knowing he still had the skills to play at the highest level.

“It’s been an amazing ride,” Warner said. “I don’t think I could have dreamt it would have played out like it has, but I’ve been humbled every day that I woke up the last 12 years and amazed that God would choose to use me to do what he’s given me the opportunity to do.”

Great job Kurt on and off the field – you have been seemless.

Thanks for the amazing games Brenda and I have enjoyed these past 12 seasons.

“If you’re going to go out, go out on top.” – Kurt Warner

Football, Kurt Warner


I remember watching Super bowl 1 in 1967 in our living room as a child. I was nine years old at the time and even then there seemed to be a buzz in the atmosphere as family members gazed at a black and white tv on a cold Iowa day.

Just for the memories, here are a few facts on the first Superbowl played 40 plus years ago.

Green Bay 35, Kansas City 10
Super Bowl I
Sunday, Jan. 15, 1967 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Attendance: 61,946
Weather: 72 F; sunny, hazy

over the line
Jim Taylor jumps through the line.
lombardi and rozelle
Lombardi accepts the championship trophy from Commissioner Pete Rozelle.

The Packers launched the Super Bowl series by whipping Kansas City’s AFL champions, 35-10, behind Bart Starr, Max McGee and a key interception by All-Pro safety Willie Wood.

The Super bowl to me has always been about the people you watch it with.

Family, college friends and now more recently our awesome church family.

Last night was another memory of our friends getting together to cheer for their favorite team.

Here are just a few pics of our Superbowl 43 party and the great friends that filled the room with laughter life and fun.







What a great time, what great friends.

Football, Kurt Warner


When I was pastoring just outside of St. Louis Missouri our family were passionate fans of the St. Louis Rams.

I remember the game when Trent Green came off the field because of an injury and a little known quarter back named Kurt Warner came on the field to replace him. From that day forward Kurt’s story will be remembered in football history for along time.

I also remember the night Brenda and I watched Kurt and the St. Louis Rams when the Super bowl in 1999.

I remember his first interview  on the field after the game was over. Here are his words.

Immediately after the Rams’ victory at the Super Bowl, an interviewer began, “Kurt, first things first–tell me about the final touchdown pass to Isaac Bruce .” Kurt responded, “Well, first things first, I’ve got to thank my Lord and Savior up above–thank You, Jesus!”

Now Kurt is leading the Arizona Cardinals to the Superbowl and I wanted to post on my blog Kurt’s testimony.

Kurt Warner’s Testimony

“I believe that the Lord has a plan for each of us that’s better than anything we can imagine–even if that plan isn’t obvious to us at every stage. He prepared me for this over a long period of time–in lower-profile locker rooms and the grocery store and in Europe, through all the personal tragedies and in spite of the people who doubted me along the way,” Warner explained. “Whether I’m a Super Bowl Champion or a regular guy stocking groceries at the Hy-Vee, sharing my faith and glorifying Jesus is the central focus of my time on this earth. And the fact that I now have a podium, I believe, is no coincidence. I want to be a role model for Christ in everything that I do. Living my life for Him and showing people the beauty of that reality is my mission in life.”

“Before I could devote my life to Jesus and start living my life for Him, I had to go through a lot of personal struggles, including a period a few years ago where I got a little caught up in things that aren’t important–fame, money, lust….”

Warner suffered a series of disastrous setbacks in his career. He faced financial problems, family problems, even the sudden and tragic death of his wife’s parents. All the hurts and the heartbreak caused Kurt to take a good hard look at his life–and what was missing from it. “Growing up I’d always put my life on one side and my relationship with God on the other. I knew God was there, but I only called upon Him when I needed Him or felt compelled to thank Him. Eventually, I realized I needed to live every day for Him.”

Go Kurt …Go Cards!