Kurt Warner is a former American football quarterback player with a net worth of $30 million. He successfully led the St. Louis Rams offense to victory in the 2000 Super Bowl and was awarded the MVP honors.
Kurt Warner is married to Brenda Meoni, a former United States Marine Corps corporal, a movie producer, and an author. Brenda had two children, Zachary and Jesse Jo, from a previous relationship, and Kurt adopted them before their marriage in 1997. They expanded their family with five more children, and they also have two grandchildren.
Brenda’s first marriage ended in failure, and she had a son named Zachary with her former husband, Neil, who suffered from severe brain damage after an accident.
Warner’s football career remains one of the most inspiring grass-to-grace stories in the NFL; the once-nameless player was projected to stardom in 1999 and reminded relevant until he bowed out.
After a 12-year career, he was considered the best undrafted NFL player of all time and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017. So far, Kurt Warner is the only person to be inducted into both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Arena Football Hall of Fame More than that, however, Warner is a husband and a proud father of seven.
Kurt Warner’s Net Worth Was Boosted By the $65 Million He Earned in Salaries In His Career
Kurt Warner’s 15-year incredible career coupled with his touching grass-to-grace story has translated to soaring popularity over the years and a sizeable fortune too.
From his years as a football player and star in the NFL, Curt made a remarkable $65 million in his earnings. More so, he has had various endorsement deals. Today, he has a net worth which is estimated at $45 million. While it is his career as an NFL player that contributed more to his fortune, his work as a media personality has also increased his net worth.
Kurt and his wife who are devout Christians are also heavily involved in charity works. They run the First Things First Foundation which they founded in 2001 as a Christian organization that will serve to help provide education and carter for the well-being of underprivileged kids and their families.
Kurt Warner Experienced Difficulty In His Early Career
There was hardly a time when Warner did not play football. Growing up, he attended Regis High School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he graduated in 1989. While there, he played as the quarterback of the school’s Class 3A football team.
Following graduation from high school, he proceeded to the University of Northern Iowa, where he graduated with a degree in Communications in 1993. While at UNI, Warner was listed third on the Panthers’ depth chart until his senior year; forming the foundation of his incredible career.
After his college career, Warner began his professional stint (undrafted) in 1994 trying-out with Green Bay Packers. However, he was released before the regular season began. Warner turned to stock shelves at a Hy-Vee grocery store in Cedar Falls. He later returned to his alma Mata (Northern Iowa) working as a graduate assistant coach with the school’s football team, while hoping to get another tryout session with an NFL team.
When opportunities weren’t forthcoming, he turned to the Arena Football League (AFL) in 1995; and signed with the Iowa Barnstormers. Warner became the AFL’s First-team All-Arena for two consecutive years – 1996 and 1997 – after he led the Barnstormers to ArenaBowl appearances in both seasons. In fact, Warner performed so remarkably well that he was later ranked 12th on the list of 20 Best Arena Football Players of all time.
He Became A Star In The NFL Once The Opportunity Came
His big break came while playing for the St. Louis Rams from 1998 to 2003. While there, he won NFL MVP honors in 1999 and 2001; and also won the Super Bowl MVP award in Super Bowl XXXIV when the Rams beat the Tennessee Titans.
In the 2008 season, he led the Arizona Cardinals to Super Bowl XLIII and registered an amazing three out of the top five highest single-game passing yardage totals in Super Bowl history. As of this writing, Warner holds the 10th highest career passer rating of all-time (93.7); and the 4th highest career completion percentage in NFL history with 65.5%.
Upon his retirement after the 2009 season, he was ranked 10th in yards per attempt (8.55), 5th all-time in completion percentage (66.5%), and 10th in passer rating (102.8).
A Look At Kurt Warner’s Family Life With Wife and 7 Kids
Kurt Warner is currently married to Brenda Carney Meoni. When they first met in 1993 at a country music bar in Iowa, Brenda Warner was a divorced woman with two kids. Her previous husband had left her when she was still pregnant with their second child. The first, a boy, went blind after her estranged husband dropped the child (heads down) by accident, leaving him blinded and incapacitated. At the time, she was depending on food stamps to get by while Kurt was coming up as a football player. She was once a United States Marine Corps corporal but was left in 1990 on a hardship discharge.
Before they got married, the couple had their fair share of hardship. In 1994, Kurt lost his place in the Green Bay Packers’ training camp and the couple lived in Brenda’s parents’ basement in Cedar Falls. At night, he worked as a grocery store stock boy. To make it all worse for the couple, Brenda’s parents were killed by a tornado in 1996 when their Mountain View, Arkansas home was affected.
They got married on October 11, 1997, at the St. John American Lutheran Church. After marrying Brenda, Kurt Warner adopted her two children before they were later blessed with five more. Their first child, Zack, who was from Brenda’s first marriage suffered a brain injury when he was dropped as a child by his father. Doctors thought he was not going to survive it, but he got the better side of all the odds that were against him.
Kurt and Brenda have two grandchildren from the marriage of their daughter, Jesse Jo Stanton. Their son, Elijah Warner has shown the interest and skills to follow after his father by also becoming an American football player.
Kurt Warner Retired To Become A Better Father And He Started Another Career As A Broadcaster
12 years in the NFL, a Super Bowl, Super Bowl MVP, 4 Pro Bowls, 2 NFL Most Valuable Player, and many other records to his name, Kurt Warner retired in 2010 at the age of 39. According to him, retirement would give him a good opportunity to become a true father to his seven children.
Apart from just concentrating on his family, Kurt found another career around the sport he has always loved for many years. Warner joined NFL Network as an analyst in 2010. In August of that year, Fox Sports announced that he would be serving as a color analyst on its NFL coverage for the 2010 season. He also served as a substitute analyst on Monday Night Football games for Westwood One radio in 2014.
In 2018, he became a full-time radio analyst. Since early 2009, Warner began making appearances on TV through the NBC reality show The Biggest Loser. Since that time, he’s appeared on Disney’s The Suite Life on Deck (2010), The Jay Leno Show (2010), Dancing with the Stars (contestant, 2010), and the reality TV series, The Moment (2013).
In 2015, Kurt returned to football but this time around, as a coach. He took a job with Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Arizona as an offensive coordinator. He held the position until 2018 and then the following year, he became Brophy College Preparatory’s quarterback’s coach.