CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (SEMO) – Two-time National Football League (NFL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Super Bowl champion Kurt Warner will speak as part of the 2011-2012 University Speaker Series at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 29 in the Show Me Center.
The title of his presentation is "All Things Possible!"
Tickets are required for entry. General admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.showmecenter.biz and the Show Me Center Box Office. Current Southeast faculty, staff and students can use a valid Redhawks ID to pick up free tickets in the University Center Room 202, the Center for Student Involvement or the Show Me Center Box Office.
Warner received the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, the Good Guy Award from the Pro Football Writers Association, and the Bart Starr Award, and was named USA WEEKEND's Most Caring Athlete, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer's Person of the Week, one of Forbes Magazine's America's Most-Liked Sports Figures and Sports Illustrated's Best Role Model.
In 1999, Warner led the St. Louis Rams to a victory in Super Bowl XXXIV. That same year, Warner was named the NFL and Super Bowl MVP. For the next two years, Warner continued to be a dominant force in the NFL as the ringleader of what became known as the "Greatest Show on Turf." He led the Rams to two additional playoff appearancesᾰincluding another Super Bowlᾰand received Pro Bowl honors for three consecutive years. Warner became one of a few NFL players to be recognized with two NFL MVP awards after receiving his second after the 2001 season.
In 2004, Warner signed a one-year contract with the New York Giants, and in March 2005, he was signed by the Arizona Cardinals. In 2008, he led the Cardinals to their first ever Super Bowl berth, was voted to his fourth Pro Bowl and surpassed several Cardinals' franchise records, including touchdowns, attempts, completions, completion percentage and passer rating.
Warner earned several NFL career postseason records, including passing yards per game, career completion percentage and yards per attempt. His 102.8 postseason passer rating is the second-best in NFL postseason history behind Bart Starr. Warner holds the Super Bowl record for most career passing yards with over 1,156 and notched the top three passing performances in Super Bowl history.
After a 12-year career, Warner retired from the NFL. He continues to inspire crowds as a motivational speaker and a television personality with stints as a broadcaster and commentator on NFL Network and Fox Sports and a cast member of "Dancing with the Stars."
In 2001, Warner and his wife, Brenda, established the First Things First Foundation, a non-profit public charity dedicated to impacting lives by promoting Christian values, sharing experiences and providing opportunities to encourage everyone that all things are possible when people seek to put "first things first."
A small sampling of First Things First's outreach includes: hosting annual week-long trips to Disney World for children suffering from serious illnesses and their families, rewarding hard-working single mothers who achieve the dream of homeownership, raising over $875,000 for rebuilding efforts after Midwest floods, collecting and distributing more than 150,000 coats from an annual coat drive in Greater St. Louis, stuffing and personally delivering more than 80 stockings for a Christmas Day surprise for foster children, delivering 10 tons of snow to a foster agency, providing Mission: Possible! scholarships to youth groups doing service-based mission trips, and fostering an attitude of inclusion for children and adults with special needs.
Warner lives in Arizona with his wife and seven children, Zachary, Jesse Jo, Kade, Jada Jo, Elijah, and twins Sienna and Sierra.