On Friday, Z and I “wagered” on-air on the Kurt Warner retirement press conference. Would there be tears? Z was a confident yes. I was a self-assured no.
My reasoning was this: Kurt Warner does not define himself as a professional football player. For Kurt Warner, professional football is what he does, not who he is. So unlike Emmitt Smith and Brett Favre and others we have watched sob uncontrollably at the retirement podium, Kurt Warner would stand confidently and appreciatively, and eagerly embrace the next chapter in his life. For Kurt Warner, there would be no identity lost, merely a story yet unwritten.
That’s how I saw it unfolding.
Now I will admit, there was a sniffle as he thanked his family members one-by-one, but I’m pleased to announce…boom, whoa, st-stamp:
Not a tear, baby!
You can watch the entire presser HERE.