Arena Football League

A Look Back at Kurt Warner’s Arena Football Career

Quarterback Kurt Warner was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame over the weekend. Warner played with the St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals in the NFL, appearing in two Super Bowls and winning in one of those Super Bowls in 2000.

Before Warner played in the NFL, however, he played in the Arena Football League in the mid-1990s. He played for the Iowa Barnstormers from 1995-1997. Over the three seasons, he threw for over 10,000 yards and 143 touchdowns.

Warner wasn’t the best rushing quarterback, however. He actually rushed for negative yards in his Arena Football career. He finished with – 38 yards.

He and the Barnstormers also came one yard short of a title in ArenaBowl X in 1996. The Barnstormers couldn’t score on four plays from the one yard line in a 42-38 loss to the Tampa Bay Storm.

In final season, Warner led Iowa to ArenaBowl XI against the Arizona Rattlers. He completed an ArenaBowl record 31 passes. He threw a career-high 79 touchdown passes that season. That stands as the Barnstormers franchise record to this day.

Warner was named to the First Team All-Arena in 1996 and 1997. He was also elected into the Arena Football League Hall of Fame in 2011.

In 2012, he was named the 16th greatest player in Arena Football League history.

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