Best Player in the World? It’s Kurt Warner

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(Photos courtesy of the Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams)

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It went by a variety of names – The World League of American Football, the World League and NFL Europe – but it served only one purpose – developing young football players.

And it did.

The World League produced players who would become NFL MVPs, Super Bowl champions, all-decade performers and Pro Bowl players. We asked our listeners and readers in last week’s poll to pick the best player ever to come out of the World League and quarterback Kurt Warner won in a landslide, receiving 51.3 percent of the vote.

Placekicker Adam Vinatieri, whose foot helped crown two different franchises as Super Bowl champions, finished second with 28.2 percent of the vote, followed by linebacker James Harrison, who also won a Super Bowl, at 15.4 percent. La’Roi Glover, an NFL all-decade defensive tackle in the 2000s, and Brad Johnson, another Super Bowl champion quarterback, both received 2.6 percent of the vote.

Warner quarterbacked the Amsterdam Admirals of the World League before becoming a two-time NFL MVP. He resurrected two dormant NFL franchises, taking the St. Louis Rams to two Super Bowls and the Arizona Cardinals one. Warner won his first NFL MVP award and his only Super Bowl in 1999 in his first season as an NFL starter with the Rams, the Greatest Show on Turf.

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  1. Scott Dochterman
    September 24, 2015

    I agree with Bill Polian that there needs to be a developmental spring league, consisting of about six teams probably in the South. From 1999 through 2003, four of the five NFC starting QBs in the Super Bowl played in the various world leagues. It’s needed to develop QBs, linemen and other players who too often ride the bench, become training camp casualties or marginal practice teamers. Each team could allocate five or so players and the rest of the pool could be comprised of free agents. If it produces even two regular starting QBs, it’s worth it.

    • September 25, 2015

      Like Polian’s idea, too, of a six-team league located in Southeast. Think it would work logistically and financially. And agree with you: Needed to develop young quarterbacks.

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