In what could be a harbinger for former St. Louis Rams/New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner, NFL Network has just announced that he will be in the booth tonight and next week for Arena Football League postseason games. As you are probably aware if you’re an NFL fan, Kurt Warner got his professional start in the Arena Football League before gaining stardom in the NFL.
Warner will be an analyst for tonight’s Conference Championship game and next Friday’s Arena Bowl. I note this could be a sign of things to come as several networks have approached Warner to be analyst. If he does well, I expect to see him working for a network maybe even as early as this season.
FORMER SUPER BOWL MVP KURT WARNER CALLS ARENA BOWL ON NFL NETWORKAFL Legend Returns to the Booth for Arena Football National Conference Championship Game on Thursday NightKurt Warner, the greatest player in Arena Football League history, will call the Arena Bowl for NFL Network on Friday, August 20 at 8:00 PM ET, it was announced today. In addition to the Arena Bowl, Warner joins Fran Charles in the booth for the Arena Football National Conference Championship Game featuring the Milwaukee Iron at Spokane Shock tonight at 8:00 PM ET.Warner, who has played in two Arena Bowls, joins former University of Iowa quarterback Paul Burmeister, who will be handling the play-by-play and sideline reporters Anthony Herron and Ari Wolfe. The Arena Bowl concludes NFL Network’s 21-game Arena Football Friday schedule.“I was lucky enough to play in three Super Bowls and two Arena Bowls,” said Warner. “There is nothing better than playing for the championship at any level of football. I will share my experiences and what the players are feeling as they play for the ultimate prize in Arena Football.”Warner was an analyst on NFL Network’s Arena Football Friday for the Iowa Barnstormers game against the Arizona Rattlers earlier this season. Prior to that game, he was inducted in the Iowa Barnstormers Hall of Fame.“We couldn’t be more pleased to have one of the legends of Arena Football, Kurt Warner, call the Arena Bowl and National Conference Championship game on NFL Network,” said AFL Commissioner Jerry Kurz. “We have an enjoyed a successful return of Arena Football and can’t wait to crown a new champion.”Warner was a two-time NFL MVP as well as the MVP in Super Bowl XXIV when he led the St. Louis Rams to a win over the Tennessee Titans. Warner appeared in two Super Bowls with the Rams and led the Cardinals to the Super Bowl for the first time in the franchise’s history in Super Bowl XLIII. Prior to the NFL, Warner was a star in the AFL, leading Iowa to Arena Bowl appearances in 1996 and 1997.NFL Network airs seven days a week, 24 hours a day on a year-round basis and is the only television network fully dedicated to the NFL and the sport of football. For more information, log onto www.nfl.com/nflnetwork. NFL.com is the exclusive internet home of NFL Network.
So in essence, you have an audition by Kurt Warner for the networks. Kind of similar to last year when Jon Gruden did the NFL Draft for NFL Network then was hired by ESPN for Monday Night Football.