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Send the man to Canton

That's next stop for retiring Warner

Some things are just obvious. Red meat tastes better grilled over charcoal. Cold beer is better than warm beer. Watching the sun set in Key West is better than a darning needle in the eye.

Kurt Warner is a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

As most people were predicting, Warner retired this afternoon from professional football, and the amazing thing about that is there are still some people out there who aren't sure his next address is Canton. Just the other day I was driving somewhere, for instance, and Doug Gottlieb of ESPN was making that case.


Because, listen, it's a no-brainer for me. Let's go to the tape:

* The three top passing games in Super Bowl history belong to Kurt Warner.

* His 1,156 yards passing in three Super Bowls is No. 1 all-time.

* In 12 seasons, he won two MVP awards, a Super Bowl MVP award, a Super Bowl ring, and made it to the big game three times with two different teams.

* His career passer rating (93.7) is the third highest in NFL history.

* His career completion percentage (65.9) is the second-highest in NFL history.

* His 4,830 yards passing in 2001 is second only to Dan Marino in NFL history.

* His nine 300-plus passing games in both 1999 and 2001 ties him for second alltime.

Any questions?

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