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DWTS Season 11 Cast Profile: Kurt Warner

Posted by on September 20, 2010 at 2:09 PM EST

dancing with the stars kurt warnerGet to know Kurt Warner before tonight’s DWTS, or Dancing With The Stars Season 11 on ABC.

Kurt Warner joins the cast of Dancing With The Stars Season 11 tonight on ABC. Get to know a little about Kurt Warner before he hits the dance floor in the 2010 premiere of Dancing With The Stars.

Kurt Warner is the former two-time NFL league MVP as well as Super Bowl winner and Super Bowl MVP. He comes to DWTS as one of the underdogs, but people should not shortchange him. Warner has spent his life overcoming adversity. If he wants this bad enough he could surprise people.

You might say Kurt Warner is the American Dream. He played college football at Northern Iowa University where he didn’t start until his senior year. When an NFL team did not draft him he signed as an undrafted rookie with the Green Bay Packers. He didn’t make the team, but was told that he had great potential; he just needed time to develop it. Kurt Warner took a job at a grocery story to support him while he tried out for various arena football league teams. In 1995 he signed with the Iowa Barnstormers and quickly became one of the league’s stars. In 1998 Warner signed with the St. Louis Rams. They sent him to their farm team in Europe the Amsterdam Admirals where he led the NFL Europe league in passing yards and touchdowns. During training camp for the 1999 season Rams starting quarterback Trent Green tore his ACL and went down for the year. Warner took over as the starter. Warner didn’t just fill in. Over the next two years he put together two of the best years by a quarterback in the history of the NFL. In 1999, his first year as an NFL quarterback, Warner won the League MVP and led his team to a Super Bowl victory. Will Kurt Warner’s Super Bowl victory be enough to win him Dancing With The Stars?

Kurt Warner continued to play in the NFL until 2009. After leaving the Rams he signed with the Giants then the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals signed him mostly to be the veteran back up to young upstart Matt Leinart. Shortly into the season when Leinart failed to impress, Warner came off the bench mid-game and lead his team back from a huge deficit to a tie. Although they would lose that game in overtime, it was clear that Warner still had some magic left. He would lead that team for three seasons culminating in an appearance in the 2008 Super Bowl. They lost a very close game 27-23 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Warner retired following the 2009 season.

Although he is no longer playing football Kurt Warner stays active as a broadcaster. He also works tirelessly for various charities.

The odds makers have him as a long shot to win Dancing With The Stars Season 11. I think the NFL fans will give him some votes and keep him around. As more people learn his story he could win the support of the audience. I don’t know if he has the dance skills to stick around, but his story, the fact that he was an NFL star and his natural athletic ability give him a puncher’s chance.
Catch Kurt Warner on the Dancing With The Stars Season 11 premiere tonight at 8|7c on ABC.



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