DES MOINES, Iowa -- Kurt Warner still wants to play in St.
Louis and he's not making any trade demands, at least not yet.
But the Rams quarterback said it would be a shame if the team
kept both him and Marc Bulger because a talented player would go to
"I know we've got two quality quarterbacks, two guys that can
start in the league," Warner said Friday. "We both stayed in St.
Louis, it's going to be unfortunate, because some guy that deserves
to be starting in this league won't be, whether it's myself or
Warner was in Des Moines on behalf of his First Things First
Foundation, presenting a single mother and her three children a
fully furnished house.
He declined to comment on the speech in which he said his devout
religious beliefs might have contributed to his benching, though he
did say he would continue to speak out on his faith.
"I'm not going to change. I'm going to press on," he said.
"If the media takes it and twists it and turns it, so be it. My
goal is to influence people and, when I get an opportunity to speak
with people, to work with them one-on-one. That's my main goal."
Warner said in a statement issued last week that he doesn't
think he lost his job because of his evangelism. He said his
speech, given in Houston on Super Bowl Sunday, was mostly about the
power of positive thinking.
Bulger became the Rams' starter last season after Warner fumbled
six times in a 23-13 loss to the New York Giants in the opener.
Warner said he was miserable sitting on the bench. And while he
stopped short of saying he'd want to be traded if he doesn't start,
he said he did not want to go through that experience again.
"It's something I can't even comprehend," Warner said. "It
was so hard to sit on the bench knowing that I could play in St.
Louis and around the league.
"To be put in the situation where I would have to sit on the
bench again would be extremely difficult. It would be very hard.
I'm not going to say I couldn't do it. But it is definitely the
last thing I would want to do."
Rams coach Mike Martz earlier this week declined to discuss his
quarterback plans in detail. But Warner, a two-time MVP in the NFL,
said he's confident he'll get a chance to win the starting job.
"From all indications I've gotten, the talks we've had, yeah,
I'm definitely going to get an opportunity to go back out and show
what I can do," Warner said. "A lot of times, that's all you can