CARDINALS QB, AGE 37
After seeing WR Anquan Boldin knocked out by a helmet-to-helmet hit against the Jets on Sept. 28, Warner reportedly talked about retiring.
Dan Patrick: Did you want to retire?
Kurt Warner: It was more saying, I don't know how much longer I want to do this. Not meaning this was the last game I ever played, but this may be my last season. I'd never seen anything like that up close. It shook me.
DP: Was the role you played in throwing that pass a factor?
KW: Definitely. I've always prided myself on letting my receivers know, I'm going to protect you.
DP: What did you say to him when he was lying there?
KW: I just told him that I loved him and was going to be praying for him. [Boldin fractured his sinus membrane.]
DP: In your next game, Bills QB Trent Edwards got knocked out [he left the game with a concussion]. What goes through your mind?
KW: I think how many times in the last couple years my wife has told me, "Sometimes I don't care if you guys win or lose. All I want is for you to get up every time you get hit." When you have seven kids at home like I do, that kind of stuff sinks in when you see someone motionless on the field. You always think, It's never going to happen to me. I grew up in Iowa, with tornadoes all around me. I remember thinking, They're never going to hit my house. Then my wife's parents are killed in a tornado.
DP: Last time you had a concussion?