A Conversation with Kurt Warner continued

Q: How tough was it going from being the man in St. Louis to what turned out to be a pretty sour ending?

A: It was hard. It really was. I felt like a lot of it had to do with things off the field, and not so much my play on the field. That was one of the difficult things for me. I knew how successful and how good I could still be for that football team. To have some things happen off the field that affected that, that affected the career, the run in St. Louis, it was hard to handle. It was hard to go through that for two years. It really was the best situation for me and my family to get out of there and try something new. But it was disappointing. We had something so special there. I felt like we could have continued it on for a few more years. You always want to finish your career with the team you started with and the team you had success with. From all those standpoints, it was difficult to leave St. Louis. But it was time and it was something that needed to be done for me and my family and the organization there. It worked out well and I'm excited about this situation, but it's just not the way anybody ever pictured it.

Q: Can I ask what those off-field things were?

A: Nah. It's just not really important. It's stuff that we know. It's just not important stuff. It's just unfortunate.

Q: Does that put a little chip on your shoulder toward the Rams?

A: Not really. I'm excited about this situation and my family's excited about this situation. I'm so indebted to the Rams for what they gave me and the opportunities they gave me that there's no animosity toward the Rams. It was time. This needed to transpire. It's a new place and a new time for me and that's what I'm focused on.

Q: ESPN radio in New York reportedly offered your wife, Brenda, a weekly show and that she turned it down. What can you tell me about that?

A: I think the hard thing is that we've come to realize with the media that they're going to try to create a story. So many things have been blown out of proportion and taken out of context. Not just in her situation, but in mine and so many others as well. It gets to be pretty difficult. You love to do that stuff and give people what they want and to try to have an impact from that standpoint, but you have to weigh whether it's worth the risk of you saying something innocently and someone twisting it into something it's not. I'm sure that's what the situation is right now. We've talked a lot about the situation in the media, and the way it's transpired, and how we want to handle it out here. It's because of those situations. We'd love to do it and love to have that impact and influence, but at this time, it's just not worth the risk of having somebody twist and turn something into something that it's not.

Q: Are you still the exact same player that won two MVP awards?

A: I don't think there is any question. I might be even better. I'm more seasoned. I understand the game better than I did early on. I can still do the same things physically. The physical part hasn't become an issue and I think that I've grown mentally each and every year. Right now it's one of those issues where I have to grow comfortable enough in the offense where I can be that guy. I can be the guy you've seen on the field and can do the things that I've always done successfully. That's the point that's lacking right now – the comfort and knowledge of the offense to just be able to play football. There's no question in my mind that I can be as good, if not better, than I've ever been.

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