Born: June 22, 1971
Hometown: Burlington, Iowa
Super Bowl victories or not, Kurt Warner is a stand-by-your-woman family man who has used his fame to do extensive charity work for those less fortunate. Plus, he's cuter than cute!
Two-time MVP Warner skyrocketed to stardom as quarterback for the St. Louis Rams -- the team he played for from 1998 to 2003. He carried the team to its 1999 Super Bowl victory with a game-winning pass.
But before he became a household name, Warner lived out a rags-to-riches story. After playing for the University of Northern Iowa, he wasn't drafted in 1994's NFL draft. He then tried out for the Green Bay Packers, but the team's quarterback coach told him he wasn't yet ready for the NFL. Warner then got a job as a stockboy at the Hy-Vee in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He wouldn't attain fame until 1999, with the Rams, and after that, he'd go on to play for the New York Giants and the Arizona Cardinals. Before he retired, the last contract he signed was a two-year agreement with the Arizona Cardinals worth $23 million. Not too shabby!
No matter when the world started to notice Kurt, we knew early on that he looked smokin' hot in that uniform!
The reason Kurt retired from football in January 2010? To spend more time with his family, including his wife Brenda and seven children. Awwww! But he didn't retire entirely from the public spotlight. Later that year, he made an appearance on Dancing With the Stars with Anna Trebunskaya as his partner. The pair was booted in round eight, but he was a good sport!
"I learned a long time ago that life isn't about winning and losing competitions," Warner told MTV. "It's about relationships and impacting people. And so I thank everybody at Dancing With the Stars, because it gave me an opportunity to impact people and build relationships. So that's really what it's all about."
We love that kind of good sportsmanship -- on and off the field!
The First Things First Foundation, Kurt and Brenda's charity organization, helps sick children live their dream of going to Disney World, assists single parents in securing housing, mentors foster children, organizes coat drives, feeds the needy and much more. He cites his faith in God as spurring his charitable acts (he even carried a Bible to each post-game news conference when he was playing pro!).
"Brenda and I have experienced extreme highs and lows -- and through it all our faith and our family are the fabric that holds everything together," Kurt says on the charity's website. "It is our wish to share these blessings and beliefs with others who have lost hope in themselves, their talents and life."
Kurt tied the knot with nurse and former Marine Brenda Carney on Oct. 11, 1997, five years after they met at a country-western line-dancing bar in 1992. She had two children from a previous marriage, including one child who suffered an injury as an infant and has special needs. Now they have seven children altogether. And from what Kurt has said, when he was on the field, they were never far from his mind.
"Every day I come home and it doesn't matter if you won or lost or have thrown touchdowns or interceptions; the one thing that I always knew is that when I entered that door, when I stepped in our house, that none of that mattered to these guys," ESPN reported. "I can't tell you how much of a blessing that is." Now that's a (sexy) man who has his priorities straight!
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