Kurt Warner retired today. He had an interesting career, to say the least. He burst onto the scene in 1999 with the moribund St. Louis Rams after their starter, Trent Green, got hurt in a pre-season game. I can remember the video of always emotional Rams coach Dick Vermeil fighting back tears saying, "We'll be a good football team with Kurt Warner here." But you knew he didn't really believe it. Who would have? Warner had come from a small college and slogged through a couple of seasons with some Arena Football League team and I think one in NFL Europe, none of which had exactly set the scouts on fire. We've all heard the stories of Warner working in a grocery store for $5.50 an hour, telling his coworkers, "Someday I'll play in the NFL" while they probably chuckled behind his back. I've been watching sports for a long, long time. I honestly believe that 1999 Rams season was probably the most improbable I've ever seen in all team sports that I've watched. Seeing Warner pile up incredible numbers, I kept waiting for the magic to wear off, for him to come back down to earth as a rookie who couldn't keep up the pace. But he did keep up the pace. He won the NFL MVP. All the way to the Super Bowl, which he won. And won the Super Bowl MVP award as well. I still think it's the best Cinderella story in the history of sports. He took the Rams back to the Super Bowl, barely losing that one. And then he disappeared .... suffering through terrible seasons, mainly with the New York Giants. The magic, apparently, was gone. And then he came back again, with a vengeance, this time with the equally horrible Arizona Cardinals, a franchise so bad one could not imagine them even having a winning season, let alone going to the Super Bowl and almost winning it. But he did that too. And then came back this year with one of the greatest playoff games in NFL history against the Packers. He took two horrible franchises to Super Bowls. He set records over and over in playoffs and Super Bowls. He wore his religious views on his sleeve, which turns some people off, and I realize that. But he stood tall and produced on the field and worked magic. And by all accounts, he's a model citizen off the field: a loving father and husband. I admire him for that too. I, for one, will miss him. So go do more good things, Kurt Warner. You brought the QB game to a new level and were a class act as well. In five years, I look forward to watching your Hall of Fame acceptance speech at Canton. You've earned it, man.