Monday, September 19, 2011

Jersey Monday: Kurt Warner

Monday Night Football Matchup: St. Louis Rams at New York Giants


Based on my jersey collection, I could have gone a few different directions with tonight's MNF game, but only one jersey in my collection covers both these teams at once: Kurt Warner.

The retired quarterback is obviously best known for his years with the Rams (where he won a Super Bowl) and the Cardinals (where he somehow got that decrepit franchise to a Super Bowl), but in between he spent one mediocre year keeping the QB seat warm for Eli Manning with the Giants. People tend to remember Warner's year with New York as a disaster, in part because he had serious fumbling problems, but the reality is the Giants went 5-4 with him as the starter, compared to just 1-6 with Manning.

As for this jersey, well, it's a Nike replica that's held up relatively well throughout the years -- though I'm pretty sure I stopped wearing it after Warner left St. Louis, so it only really got about three years of use. Unlike many of my jerseys, I can actually remember exactly when and where I bought this jersey, only because I happened to buy this -- my 2nd Rams jersey -- at the same time I bought my first Bears jersey. At the time, that completed the NFL for me, though the Texans eventually came along and messed that up.

Interestingly, this is one of only a couple Nike jerseys that I have, but that'll also probably change soon, since Nike's getting the NFL contract back next season. I don't buy jerseys with the frequency I once did, but I can't rule out adding some to the collection.

Jersey Monday will continue every Monday until I run out of jerseys to spotlight. And since I’ve got more than 150 of them, that could be awhile. For the remainder of the NFL season, Jersey Monday will feature one of the teams playing on Monday Night Football.

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