All Things Possible: My Story of Faith, Football and The Miracle Season

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NFL sensation Kurt Warner tells the incredible story of faith and perseverance that captured the hearts of millions and rocketed him from obscurity to become MVP and Super Bowl champion.

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Overview

NFL sensation Kurt Warner tells the incredible story of faith and perseverance that captured the hearts of millions and rocketed him from obscurity to become MVP and Super Bowl champion.

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Those who tuned in to Super Bowl XXXIV saw Kurt Warner zinging picture-perfect football spirals left, right, and center while leading the St. Louis Rams to a surreal victory. At that point, even dedicated fans knew little of the buzz-cut quarterback with the George Michael stubble beyond his previous career as a grocery clerk and his bedrock Christian faith. In All Things Possible, Warner happily amplifies both these elements of his life, as well as his remarkable resurrection from football oblivion.

Warner grew up in Iowa, where he was a high school standout in both football and basketball. Spurned by Iowa University's legendary football coach Hayden Fry, Warner instead quarterbacked Division I-AA Northern Iowa. Although Warner didn't start until his senior year, he made the most of the opportunity, winning the 1993 Gateway Conference Offensive Player of the Year Award and earning a tryout with the Green Bay Packers. He briefly tasted the high life, riding to the Packers compound in a limo, but he was given little chance ousting Brett Favre, Mark Brunell, or Ty Detmer for a roster spot. After getting cut, Warner held on to his football dreams by working out by day and stocking shelves by night. Hy-Vee Supermarket paid him the non-superstar wage of $5.50 an hour.

While quarterbacking at Northern Iowa, Warner had met Brenda Meoni, a born-again Christian and mother of two. Their courtship consisted of country dancing at a Wile E. Coyote's, playing with Brenda's children, and discussing their faith. Like Warner, Brenda had to struggle to make ends meet. Her faith was tested when her parents were killed by a freak tornado, which, in sickening irony, occurred at the same time the film Twister and its media blitz were released.

Brenda's hardship made Kurt's own football difficulties seem mild in comparison. As Kurt's relationship with Brenda deepened, so did his newfound faith. With a world of perspective, Kurt rose through three seasons of arena football, one season of NFL Europe, and a year on the bench as the Rams third-string QB. Hayden Fry was not the only Warner skeptic -- Rams offensive coordinator Mike Martz (later the team's head coach) was equally difficult to win over. Finally, when Trent Green was injured during a 1999 preseason game, Head Coach Dick Vermeil gave Warner the starting nod. Regular-season and Super Bowl MVP honors followed for Warner in what ESPN's Chris Berman called the most remarkable single season-story in sports history.

All Things Possible is filled with enough football chatter to fill a Super Bowl pregame show and enough God-speak to fill a preacher's sermon. However, despite his obvious religious convictions, Warner is not in the least self-righteous, easing the conflation of football and religion for readers who are not apt to consider the two together. In fact, had he wished, Warner could have gone further in explaining his and Brenda's religious convergence. Warner's gratitude to God is palpable, but he is vague on his direct religious experience, perhaps regarding that information as too personal. But such caution aside, Warner's candor (and healthy optimism) are the stuff of dreams fulfilled. And what a dream: obscurity to stardom, with football's greatest championship game as the clincher. (Brenn Jones)

Dick Vermeil
He's an example of what it's like to have a deep belief in yourself, to have a deep faith in God... He is a book. He is a movie.
USA Today
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062517180
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 337,889
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Kurt Warner is the starting quarterback for the world champion St. Louis Rams. Last year he was voted both the league and the Super Bowl MVP. His 414 passing yards in Super Bowl XXXIV is the highest in NFL history. He lives with his wife and three children in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Chapter One

Sunday Drive

Just before I threw the biggest pass of my life, the sideline bomb that won the Super Bowl and completed one of the wildest slingshot rides you'll ever see in sports or anywhere else, I closed my eyes, savored the moment, and felt nothing but sincere, honestto-goodness joy.

It was a strange feeling to experience at the time, because my St. Louis Rams teammates and coaches were nervously pacing the sidelines, and there wasn't a whole lot of exhaling going on around me. By all rights, I should've been a stressed-out mess. The dream I've had since I first got out of diapers was slipping away like a football caked in Vaseline, but for some crazy reason, I couldn't stop smiling.

I had helped give my team a 16-0 advantage in Super Bowl XXXIV, but now the Tennessee Titans had made up the deficit, and 72,625 fans at the Georgia Dome — and about 800 million watching TV across the world-were wondering whether we'd fold. The Titans had a bounce in their step, and for good reason: they had stopped our offense cold on the previous two drives, and for the third consecutive possession their offense had ripped through our extremely tired defense. As my teammates and I watched Al Del Greco's forty-three-yard field goal sail through the uprights to tie the game at 16-16 with two minutes and twelve seconds remaining, the oxygen on our sidelines grew dense, and the mood grew extremely tense.

Everyone looked at me to see how I would react, but I was eleven years and thousands of miles away, daydreaming about Joe Montana and the greatest Super Bowl finish of all time. As the world waited for a worthy encore, Istood there smiling, alone in my thoughts, a gleam in my eyes, head held high to the heavens.

One mistake, and our incredible, worst-to-first season would be obliterated. It was a daunting situation, but I wasn't worried about the possibility of pulling the biggest choke job in Super Bowl history. For one thing, I'd been confronted with far more intimidating circumstances in the past. When you've helped your soul mate throw her parents' ashes to the wind after they were killed in a freak tornado, when you've walked alone through the snow, digging your freezing hands into your pants pockets and trying to dredge up quarters for gas money while the woman and young children you love sit stranded and shivering alongside a freeway on-ramp, losing a football game-even that football game doesn't qualify as a disaster.

By the time that chilling conclusion was playing out, most people watching knew that five years earlier I'd stocked shelves at the Hy-Vee Supermarket in Cedar Falls, Iowa. But those long nights on the graveyard shift were hardly the lowest moments of my life; at least then I didn't have to worry where the next meal would come from, because I knew whatever goodies my coworkers and I dropped and damaged would go straight into our stomachs. Back then, I was struggling not only to resuscitate my football career but also to help provide for a young woman, Brenda Meoni, and her two young children, one of whom was mentally disabled. Brenda, who was my girlfriend at the time, did her shopping at the Hy-Vee — and paid for her groceries with food stamps.

One snowy Sunday afternoon, when the four of us were holing up in the cold, dank basement of her parents' apartment, we decided to get into my GMC Jimmy and go for a ride. The Jimmy, purchased with the signing bonus I'd received from the Green Bay Packers a few months earlier, was the one luxury item I owned, and taking a drive seemed like the cheapest form of entertainment.

A few miles into our outing, two problems developed. The gas gauge hit empty, and we had no money to fill up the tank. It was one of those times late in the month when we were trying to stretch the pennies while waiting for a paycheck to come in, and now we were out in the cold. We figured we had enough gas to make it home, so we headed back toward Highway 218 and pulled onto the on-ramp. The car coughed, wheezed, and made that horrible noise, then chugged to an inglorious halt on the shoulder. The kids were in the backseat, shivering and crying. It was carcleaning time.

We scrounged around the vehicle, searching the floors and digging through the glove compartment, and scraped together as much change as we could-about a dollar ninety-five. I grabbed a gas can and hiked back toward the nearest filling station while Brenda and the kids froze their tushes off in the car. Fortunately, we were only a few blocks from a gas station, and I was able to buy enough fuel to get us home. But I'll never forget that walk, because I didn't have any gloves with me, so here I was, getting snowed on, shivering, with numb hands, rushing back while worrying that the kids were going to catch pneumonia.

Thankfully, we escaped from that predicament-and so many other trying times-with an even stronger sense of what our faith, priorities, and motivation should be. It's all about perspective, and when you've walked a few miles in my cleats, blowing a sixteen-point lead in the Super Bowl is nothing to get freaked out about. Besides, it wasn't as though I was a helpless bystander. The ball would be in my hands, and ever since I became the reluctant quarterback of my freshman team at Regis High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, that has usually been a good thing.

Long before people became captivated by my out-of-nowhere success story, I knew I was a pretty good quarterback, especially when it counted most. And though I was overlooked and underappreciated at every level after high school, I made the most of my...

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix
1 Sunday Drive 1
2 First Things First 12
3 Plastic Sheets and Toilet Paper 23
4 Don't Leave Me Hanging 42
5 Fishin' in the Dark 52
6 Lost in a Supermarket 67
7 Big Head Kurt 87
8 Blown Away 96
9 Family Matters 111
10 Sin City 128
11 Life on the Bubble 141
12 Whipping Boy 156
13 Who Is This Guy? 173
14 Believe It or Not 197
15 Just Another Game 220
16 Huddle Up 238
Acknowledgments 259
Career Statistics 267
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

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    LOVE kurt warner and im a new england patriots fan but i HATE faulk. Faulk is a sore loser and kurt is the 2nd best qb EVER behind tom brady. HATE faulk though

    #bostonstrong

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2000

    The Ultimate Christmas Book For teenagers that love football

    I think that Kurt Warner is the ultimate rool-madel for teens... Great Book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2014

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    This book i loved but it is a hard to read book. It is a very inspiring book .





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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Highly recommend

    Very clean, enjoyable book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2001

    Every teen and adult should read this book!

    This is an excellent book! Kurt Warner is my favorite athlete in the whole world! His story is inspirational and I think it's great how he ties his faith into the story. It's a great book by a great Christian athlete.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2000

    Extremely inspirational!

    What a story of courage. Kurt Warner fought all the way and never gave up. His story is truly amazing and one I can really relate too. He teaches us never to give up, even when we think we may have acheived our goal, only to be faced with a major set-back. A true 'hero' for children and adults to look up too.

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