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Yet in 2007, Whisenhunt's first year as coach, Matt Leinart was named the starter. Five games into the season, Leinart went down with a broken collarbone and Warner got another chance.
Playing much of the season with a torn elbow ligament in his non-throwing arm, he threw for 3,417 yards and 27 touchdowns as Arizona went 8-8.
But Warner didn't have the starting job again this year until after the preseason, when Whisenhunt named him over Leinart. It's that kind of perseverance that makes this year's playoff run so special to him.
"Any time you've had success and then you go through any kind of drought in whatever it is, I think you appreciate something like this a lot more," Warner said. "You try to instill that in young guys and I know they don't understand.
"When I was in St. Louis the first year we were going to the Super Bowl, Howie Long came in and spoke to us. He said, `My rookie year we went to the Super Bowl. I thought that was commonplace. I thought we were going to be there every year, and I never went back.'"
Warner isn't even sure he will be back with any team next season. He is in the last year of a three-year contract with Arizona and may decide to leave the game as a winner, and a Pro Bowl player, to settle down with his wife Brenda and their seven children.
"I'm sure I'm going to talk to the organization here and see what the plans are for the future, talk to my wife and kids and figure out what's the best thing," he said, "and we'll move forward and make that decision."
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