The story of how former National Football League quarterback Kurt Warner achieved his dreams has been told time and time again, as it seems to be out of a movie. From working in a grocery store as a bagger to becoming the most valuable player in Super Bowl XXXIV (as well as a two-time NFL MVP in the regular season), Warner's tale is one of courage, inspiration and dedication, as well as the value in believing in one's self worth.
Warner, who is considered by experts as a likely (though not guaranteed) future hall of famer, used his story as the catalyst for 'The Moment,' a reality show on the USA Network which gave nine men and women the chance to chase their dreams after it looked like the window had closed forever. The first season of the show aired this spring and already has begun preparing for its second season, as it is currently looking for potential new cast members.
While the ratings were not as good as USA would have liked, Warner's hosting ability drew praise, including a nomination for best reality host at the Critics' Choice Television Awards. Even though he makes it look easy, Warner does not consider it a cakewalk.
"I think the biggest challenge is to hold a television screen by yourself. Engaging with, building relationships, doing sit-down interviews and just talking to them was much easier than the stand-ups where you have to really engage the audience. You have to control the screen all by yourself," he said.
Warner felt that one moment really stood out during the show's first season above the others.
"There was [a time] where we found out that one of our hopeful's mother-in-law had passed away while she was away from her family," he stated. "The dynamic of that situation, and whether to pull that into the episode -- Did that have bearing on the big picture? Was that something that should be left for the family? -- that was one moment that I remember [being] really challenged with: “Where do we go with this?” I was told the information by the family, but just trying to think second of the situation, and make sure that I handled it right. That was one that was very memorable that was a very difficult situation."
Did you see 'The Moment'? What did you think of it and of Warner's hosting?