Warner becomes the 18th player in team history to earn this prestigious honor joining the likes of Eric Dickerson, Jackie Slater, Jack Youngblood, Marshall Faulk, Kevin Greene, and Deacon Jones among others. He is one of five modern-era players to be selected joining running back LaDainian Tomlinson, defensive end Jason Taylor, running back Terrell Davis and kicker Morten Andersen. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones also entered as a contributor, and safety Kenny Easley was voted in as a seniors committee candidate.
“Kurt Warner will always be remembered as one of the NFL's most outstanding quarterbacks,” Rams Owner/Chairman E. Stanley Kroenke said. “His journey from working the aisles of a grocery store to winning two NFL MVP awards serves as a reminder to never stop pursuing your dreams. The Rams enjoyed an incredible run, which included our first Super Bowl title, in large part to his leadership and toughness. Off the field, he and his wife, Brenda, devoted their lives to serving others, and thousands continue to benefit from their outreach initiatives. For these reasons and many more, we congratulate Kurt and his family on this ultimate honor.”
Warner had a unique path to stardom in the NFL that saw him go undrafted out of Northern Iowa in the 1994 Draft and was picked up by the Green Bay Packers on their practice squad. Following that one season with the Packers, he made the decision to play four years in the Arena Football League before joining the Rams as a backup quarterback prior to the 1998 season.
He got his first opportunity to play after Trent Green suffered an ACL injury in the preseason before the 1999 season where he got his first NFL start at age 28. In his first full season, he was the NFL and Super Bowl XXXIV MVP. Two seasons later, he won his second NFL MVP award while leading the Rams back to another Super Bowl where they fell short against the New England Patriots. During his tenure with the Rams he compiled two NFL MVP awards, three of his four Pro Bowl selections, two First-Team All-Pro nods, led the NFL in passing yards once (2001), and led the league in passing touchdowns twice (1999, 2001).
Following a forgettable one-year stay with the New York Giants, he got a second chance to reboot his career with the Arizona Cardinals leading them to Super Bowl XLIII where they fell short against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He also became only the second quarterback in NFL history to throw 100 touchdown passes with two different teams joining Hall of Famer Frank Tarkenton. He finished his career with 32,305 passing yards, 208 touchdowns, 128 interceptions, and a 93.7 passer rating.
Warner also holds various NFL records such as being the only quarterback to throw for 400 or more passing yards in the Super Bowl, the three highest passing yardage totals in Super Bowl history, and tied for the most touchdown passes in a single postseason. In his 13 career playoff games, he holds the all-time mark for highest completion percentage (66.5% yards per attempt (8.55), and second in passer rating (102.8).
He is also one of three quarterbacks in league history to start a Super Bowl for two different teams, joining Craig Morton and Peyton Manning. During his time as a starting quarterback from 1999-2009, he was fifth in passing touchdowns, fourth in passing yards and second in completion percentage.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony is set to take place on Aug. 5 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.