When No. 13 waved to cheering fans and disappeared into the dark tunnel at Aloha Stadium, then retreated quietly to his locker, it may have been the final time for Kurt Warner in an NFL uniform.
After leading the Arizona Cardinals to an improbable run to the
Super Bowl and playing in Sunday's Pro Bowl, Warner will now have
time to rest and contemplate retirement.
"I'm glad we had the season that we did, and I enjoyed every
minute of it, but I'm very much looking forward to the offseason,"
Warner played just five snaps for the NFC in the opening series
and threw just two passes, completing an 8-yarder to teammate Larry
Fitzgerald, who scored twice and led the NFC to a 30-21 victory to
earn MVP honors.
Warner, who turns 38 in June, didn't get much work in the game,
but did labor extremely hard this week. At every practice and every
interview, Warner was repeatedly asked whether he would continue
The Cardinals have already lost offensive coordinator Todd
Haley, who last week was hired as coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Warner said Haley's departure would be just one of many factors in
his decision. But he made clear that he doesn't want to start over.
There's one person that could be the deciding factor.
"If Anquan (Boldin) tells me he's coming back, that will make
my decision easier," he said.
And Boldin absolutely wants to see Warner in a Cards uniform
"You definitely want to see a guy like him come back because I
feel like he's got a lot left in the tank," Boldin said. "He's a
guy that's playing at the top of his career. He's playing lights
out, so you definitely want a guy like that to return."
Warner said he has no time frame for a decision. All he's
focused on now is his family and life outside the NFL.
And when he's ready, Warner said he'll let the football world