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Warner's beyond an icon

In the idol worship hierarchies in St. Louis and Phoenix, No. 13 reigns

Originally Published: January 29, 2010
By Gary Belsky | ESPN The Magazine

A lot of well-deserved accolades are being thrown Kurt Warner's way Friday in the wake of his retirement announcement, but here's one you might not have considered: Warner retires as that rarest of pro athletes, a Two-Town Sports God.

Sports Godness is tough to describe, but to paraphrase Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart's comment about hard-core pornography: You know it when you see it. The distinction involves a slippery combo of athletic skill, wins, titles, civic loyalty, on-field ...

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