Kurt Warner's story has been told over and over again.
Undrafted in 1994 by an NFL team. Worked at a grocery store in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Played three years in the Arena Football League.
Then, in 1998, the St. Louis Rams took a chance on him, and he ultimately led the Rams to a Super Bowl XXXIV victory.
These days, the 41-year-old Warner is an NFL analyst, spends time working on his foundation and, starting tonight, is the host of a show called "The Moment," for USA Network. The show will give ordinary Americans the opportunity to realize their dreams such as photography and racing cars and rewriting their life stories.
"I've gone through what these individuals are going through when they had no hope," Warner said. "We are giving them a second chance, like I was given a second chance. I couldn't be more excited to be a part."
Playbook had a few minutes with Warner to talk about the show.
This project mirrors your life. I can understand why you'd want to host.
"After I retired [in 2010], I truly wanted to choose what I wanted to do. Everything from this point forward is being able to use a platform to impact people. These stories are great. We're going to change their lives. But it's more about the great potential to impact viewers to encourage and inspire them to give them a second chance at their own dreams. That's either through watching this show, through the website, through their churches. It lined right up with what I'm doing in retirement. Using my story to impact others is a perfect fit for me."
Looking back, can you believe how you persevered and became one of the greats in the NFL?
"At times, it is pretty surreal. I sometimes say, 'Can you believe it played out like this?' In that first game in the NFL, I said to myself that if I never played another game, that I would be happy for being able to accomplish my goal. But seeing it played out and being in three Super Bowls, I step back quite often and still can't believe the path God has taken me on. I feel so blessed."
In sports, acting and music, why do we love seeing comebacks?
"We can all relate to it. We all have those moments when we are dealing with setbacks. Very few people have lives that are perfect. Even if you're not into sports, you can gravitate toward my story. It just shows that all things are possible if you're willing to work at it. That's a universal thing. Life isn't perfect. You have setbacks. It's what you do with them that sets you apart. When someone makes good, it inspires all of us."
What do you think of social media, especially Twitter, in light of hoping to inspire people?
"I think it's an amazing tool. I know there is a lot of negativity out there. But I embrace it as a responsibility to wisely use it in a positive way. You are reaching people you couldn't reach before. There are very few places you can go and touch hundreds of thousands of people instantly."
You seem to have found a purpose, even after football.
"It's really what I've been put here to do. I'm not here to throw touchdown passes and win Super Bowls. Those were goals, but I realize I was put here to impact people and hopefully change some lives. At the end of the day, if all I've ever done was throw touchdown passes, I haven't accomplished much."