A must read…the character of Kurt Warner

This was sent to me by a friend of mine…


In a supermarket, Kurtis the stock boy, was busily working when a new voice came over the loud speaker asking for a carry out at register 4. Kurtis was almost finished, and wanted to get some fresh air, and decided to answer the call. As he approached the check-out stand a distant smile caught his eye, the new check-out girl was beautiful.  She was an older woman (maybe 26, and he was only 22) and he fell in love.

Later that day, after his shift was over, he waited by the punch clock to find out her name. She came into the break room, smiled  softly at him, took her card and punched out, then left.  He looked at her card, BRENDA. He walked out only to see her start walking up the road.  Next day, he waited outside as she left the supermarket, and offered her a ride home. He looked harmless enough, and she accepted.  When he dropped her off, he asked if maybe he could see her again, outside of work.  She simply said it wasn’t possible.

He pressed and she explained she had two children and she couldn’t afford a baby-sitter, so he offered to pay for the baby-sitter.  Reluctantly she accepted his offer for a date for the following Saturday.  That Saturday night he arrived at her door only to have her tell him that she was unable to go with him. The baby-sitter had called and canceled. To which Kurtis simply said, “Well, let’s take the kids with us.”

She tried to explain that taking the children was not an option, but again not taking no for an answer, he pressed.  Finally Brenda, brought him inside to meet her children.  She had an older daughter who was just as cute as a bug, Kurtis thought, then Brenda brought out her son, in a wheelchair.  He was born a paraplegic with Down Syndrome.

Kurtis asked Brenda, “I still don’t understand why the kids can’t come with us?”  Brenda was amazed. Most men would run away from a woman with two kids, especially if one had disabilities – just like her first husband and father of her children had done.  Kurtis was not ordinary – he had a different mindset.

That evening Kurtis and Brenda loaded up the kids, went to dinner and the movies. When her son needed anything Kurtis would take care of him.  When he needed to use the restroom, he picked him up out of his wheelchair, took him and brought him back.  The kids loved Kurtis.  At the end of the evening, Brenda knew this was the man she was going to marry and with whom she would spend the rest of her life.

A year later, they were married and Kurtis adopted both of her children. Since then they have added two more kids.

So what happened to Kurtis the stock boy and Brenda the check-out girl?  Well, Mr. & Mrs. Kurt Warner now live in Arizona.  If you tune in on February 1, you can watch him quarterback the Arizona Cardinals in the Super Bowl against the Pittsburgh Steelers!  Is this a surprise ending or could you have guessed that he was not an ordinary person?  Some athletes are also great people.

It should be noted that he also quarterbacked the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI. He has also been the NFL’s Most Valuable Player twice and the Super Bowl’s MVP. On Sunday, 1 Feb I’ll be rooting for Kurt and the Cards!!

Now, I did a little research (because that’s what I do) and found the following information:

Summary of eRumorKurtis, a stock boy, meets and falls instantly in love with Brenda, a cashier at the supermarket where they both work.  He asks her out, and she resists, saying she’s got 2 kids and no money for a babysitter.  Kurtis offers to pay for the sitter, so she accepts.  Kurtis meets the children, one of whom is a boy in a wheelchair who has Down Syndrome.  At the last minute, the babysitter is not available, and Kurtis offers to take the whole family out for the evening.  He’s a hit with the kids and they are a hit with him and Brenda decides Kurtis is the man for her.  A year later, they are married and Kurtis, the stock boy, is actually Kurt Warner, the quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals.

The Truth:  The story of Kurt and Brenda Warner’s meeting and marrying is an often-told and inspiring one, but this particular eRumor version of it includes a lot of fiction.They did not meet as fellow employees at a supermarket and their son does not have Down Syndrome.

When they met, Kurt was a university student and Brenda was a divorced single mom living on food stamps.  In his autobiography “Keep Your Head Up,” Kurt describes his and  Brenda’s first encounter when a teammate at the University of Northern Iowa talked him into going to a country-music club in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  There was an instant connection, but Brenda didn’t know whether it would last.  Not only was she a single mom, but one of her two children, her son Zachary, had significant medical problems.  He was blinded and brain-injured when accidentally dropped to the floor by her first husband.  Kurt was not turned aside by the children or Zachary’s condition and he and Brenda forged a relationship that resulted in their marrying four years later.  Kurt’s celebrated job at a grocery store took place in 1994 after he got a pink-slip from the Green Bay Packers.  He returned to Cedar Falls and worked nights stocking shelves for $5.50 an hour.  He rose to fame by throwing an amazing 41 touchdowns for the Rams, bringing them to a 13-3 record and to memorable victory in Super Bowl XXXIV.  He’s become known for his commitment to his family, his clean-kid lifestyle, and his Christian faith.   He and Brenda now live in Arizona with their four children Zachary, Kade, Jesse, and Jada Jo.  He is the founder of the First Things First Foundation (and is going to yet another Super Bowl and Pro Bowl for his phenomenal year!)

Regardless of the specifics of the story, it is a great one nonetheless and this world is a greater place because of people like the Warners.