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Dick Vermeil
Former Head Coach

Dick Vermeil

Has won the Super Bowl, the Rose Bowl and multiple coaching accolades.

Canton Calling Kurt

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There is no question in my mind that Kurt Warner should end up in the Hall of Fame. First off he has a career quarterback rating of 93.8 which is one of the greatest of all time. Among Super Bowl quarterbacks there have only been three with a better accuracy rate -- Joe Montana, Steve Young and Troy Aikman, and those guys are all in the Hall of Fame.

Kurt though is in some ways a victim of his circumstance. He went undrafted out of Northern Iowa and got cut by Green Bay. Everyone matures differently. Kurt had to prove himself every step of the way. Then after he had there was a lull in his career when he got shipped out of Saint Louis. If I hadn't retired early that would never have happened. I would have kept him around and he would have retired as a Ram.

Unfortunately that was not the case and so Kurt had to go week to week proving himself, which he has. He went into Arizona -- a losing situation -- and turned it around. He went against a first round draft pick, the Heisman trophy winner, and earned that starting job. He took a franchise with no clue and, along with Whisenhunt, who should be coach of the year (they vote on that and the MVP too early in my opinion), went to the Super Bowl.

Despite the path he takes to Canton, Kurt Warner belongs there when he retires. He is an outstanding player, very bright, very humble and a very good leader. But he also has some things that you just don't coach -- great accuracy, great touch, tremendous awareness and great focus under pressure. The game doesn't speed up when he plays it, it slows down.

By Dick Vermeil  |  January 21, 2009; 10:39 AM ET  | Category:  Arizona Cardinals , Dick Vermeil Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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