Warner Named WWO Monday Night Football Lead Analyst
|RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, August 9, 2018 | 12:21pm CT|
Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner joins Kevin Harlan in the Westwood One Sports NFL broadcast booth as the new lead color analyst for Monday Night Football and the Super Bowl beginning September 10. Warner, who has filled in on select Monday Nights for the past few seasons, becomes only the fourth regular Monday Night radio analyst for WWO since its broadcast partnership with the NFL began forty years ago. Warner follows in the footsteps of Boomer Esiason (2000-2017), Matt Millen (1996-2000), and Hall of Fame Coach Hank Stram (1978-1984, 1987-1995).
"Since retiring from the NFL I have been blessed with tremendous opportunities as a broadcaster," said Warner. "I have especially enjoyed working at NFL Network on NFL Gameday morning and my color-analyst role on radio for Westwood One. I couldn't be more excited to continue both of those roles well into the future. I am grateful to Westwood One for this opportunity and for believing in me with this role. The bar has been set extremely high by Boomer Esiason and others, and I look forward to grabbing the torch, working hard, and maintaining the sense of excellence that has become synonymous with Westwood One."
"We have been proud partners of the NFL for more than four decades and our best-in-class broadcasts feature the brightest stars from the league," added Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. "Kurt Warner is a keen observer with a great eye and unique analysis. He adds another layer of authenticity, knowledge and expertise to our roster and is an incredible asset for our loyal and passionate listeners and engaged advertisers."
Enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame last summer, Warner played 12 seasons in the NFL, leading the St. Louis Ram and Arizona Cardinals to Super Bowl appearances. As the ringleader of what became known as the "Greatest Show on Turf," Warner guided the Rams to numerous offensive records, including most points scored in a season, and two Super Bowls, including a victory in Super Bowl XXXIV, for which he was named MVP. He also led the Arizona Cardinals to an appearance in Super Bowl XLIII. He captured the NFL's MVP Award in both the 1999 and 2001 seasons. Owner of the top three passing performances in Super Bowl history at the time of his retirement, Warner has the second-most career Super Bowl passing yards with 1,156.
Warner's off-field accolades include the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, The Bart Starr Award, The Good Guy Award from the Pro Football Writers Association, USA Weekend's Most Caring Athlete, ABC World News Person of the Week, Forbes Magazine's America's Most-Liked Sports Figure, and Sports Illustrated's Best Role Model. Warner's strong faith and belief in giving back are evidenced by the two charitable foundations he and his wife Brenda created and which keep him actively involved -- The First Things First Foundation and Treasure House..