Warner A Rare Role Model In Pro Sports


I haven’t had the chance to buy Arizona Cardinal quarterback Kurt Warner’s new book First Things First: the Rules of Being a Warner. But a friend has and he claims it is a fascinating story about the life of the two-time NFL MVP who miraculously led the Cards last season to the Super Bowl.

My friend says the book chronicles how Kurt and Brenda Warner raise their seven children going into their 12th year of marriage.

Brenda is an ex-Marine turned stay at-home-mom who volunteers at a local hospital and collects clothing for disadvantage children.

Their family motto is to Put First Things First which are family, faith and giving to others.

That motto apparently drives everything the family members do, including starting a foundation that helps disadvantaged children and their families.

The Warners are also members of the Habitat for Humanity and have helped fund scholarships to students from Sunshine Acres in Mesa.

My friend says the book is an entertaining and candid look at the Warner household and the values they instill in their kids. The Warners are also up front about the mistakes they’ve made in their marriage and raising the children.

The book apparently contains some interesting antidotes about Kurt’s and Brenda’s relationship

It must refreshing for prep and youth football coaches — trying to positively mold their players’ values and morals — to have a professional role model like Warner for their young athletes to look up to.

In today’s professional sports world there are far too many malcontents, prima donnas and lawbreakers who often capture the teenager’s attention.

Their vain and undisciplined behaviors is not the stuff coaches can build a team around.

Thank goodness for the Kurt Warners in professional sports.

Admittance is can of food

Football season unofficially kicks off today and members of the Friends And Neighbors (FAN) Club are jump-starting the campaign with a food drive to benefit the local St. Vincent de Paul food bank.

For the season opening scrimmage at 5 p.m., today, Aug. 21, on Longhorn field, the FAN Club will place food bins at the entrance into the stadium where admission to the event will be one can of food. The cans should be deposited into the bins.

At future home games, as FAN did last season, the club will host 50-50 raffles and also raffle off seats on a couch strategically position on the sidelines where fans have an up close and personal view of the gridiron action.

The profits all benefit worthwhile extracurricular causes at PHS.

Also, anyone interested in joining FAN Club can do so by attending any of the monthly meetings, which are held at 6:30 p.m. every second Wednesday at Pioneer Title.

Register now

There is still time to sign up for Public Safety Officers Christmas for Kids golf tournament. It begins at 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28 with a steak dinner and silent auction of public safety officers at Payson Golf Course.

Each team of three that enters the benefit will have the opportunity to buy their fourth team member from a group of individuals representing DPS, Gila County Attorney’s Office, Payson Fire, Northern Gila County Firefighters Association and the Gila County Sheriff’s Office.

Also at the auction, mulligans can be purchased.

At 8 a.m. the following day, a shotgun start gets the tournament off and running.

The tournament entry fee is $375 per team and the minimum bid for a public safety team member is $150.

The cost includes green fees, golf cart, steak dinner and prizes.

Traditionally about $18,000 has been earned through the golf tournament and other benefits. All the money is used in the Christmas for Kids program.

Last year, 480 children were given the chance to purchase $35 of gifts from Walmart. The children are urged to buy some toys and use the remaining money for much needed clothes.

For many of the children in need, those gifts were the only ones they received.

Entry forms into the tournament are available at The Payson Roundup, 708 N. Beeline Highway.


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