Warner's new goal - 5 Super Bowl rings

Wednesday, January 30, 2002

NEW ORLEANS -- Kurt Warner has learned to talk a lot without saying much at all. Blah, blah, blah.

On Tuesday, he served up a headline by revealing that he wants to be remembered as the only quarterback to win five Super Bowls. That would be one more than Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana, and four more than he has now.

"Success in my mind is based on winning championships," Warner said during media day at the Superdome, where he drew the largest crowd of any of the St. Louis Rams. "The other accomplishments are great and something you always reflect on, but the bottom line is winning.

"I know there's never been a quarterback that won five Super Bowls, so if I have one goal and one thing I would love to be remembered for, it would be to win five."

He insisted it's not just a pipe dream.

"Anything's possible," he said. "Is it realistic? I think it is. I believe every time I step on the field I can win and we can go to the Super Bowl, that's just kind of my mentality."

That's just one example of how loose Warner was while facing what could have been an hourlong siege by reporters and broadcasters. Having been in the same spot two years ago helped considerably, along with not having to answer questions about his days as a grocery store clerk.

"1999 was a completely different deal," Warner said. "I was new on the scene and everything was new to me, and coming to the Super Bowl I had to answer the same questions I had been answering for 16 weeks.

"Now, I feel a lot more relaxed. I felt more pressure trying to get to this point."

He was even looser than Monday night, when the Rams arrived in New Orleans, and he said he didn't think about winning lots of championships.

"We take advantage of what's at hand and we'll worry about next year, next year."

It was clear a day later that he was already thinking about next year.

There's good reason for his confidence.

Since his startling emergence two years ago from an unimpressive background of small college, Arena League and NFL Europe competition, he's never looked back.

In 1999, he threw 41 touchdown passes on a 13-3 team that ended a run of nine straight losing seasons, then threw for 424 yards in the Rams' Super Bowl victory over the Titans. This year he threw for 4,830 yards, second-most in NFL history, and won his second MVP award.

He tied an NFL record with nine consecutive 300-yard passing games, including a season-high 401 yards in a 24-17 victory at New England Nov. 18. He completed 68.7 percent of his passes and led the NFL in passing yards, touchdown passes and passer rating.

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