Warner's confidence might be biggest strength

February, 1, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

TAMPA, Fla. -- Had an interesting chat with former NFL receiver Ricky Proehl the other day about Kurt Warner.

The Arizona quarterback played with Proehl when the two were with the Rams. Proehl played with numerous quarterbacks throughout his career and said Warner is the best.

"Kurt throws such a nice ball,'' Proehl said. "It's easy to catch his passes. He always anticipates where to put the ball. Some guys throw a heavy ball. His is easy to catch. His knowledge of the game is incredible and he knows what defenses are trying to do and how to beat them. If you give him time, he'll pick you apart.''

But Proehl said what sets Warner apart more than anything comes off the field.

"Kurt is probably the most confident person I've ever met,'' Proehl said. "The more you get to know him, the more you realize it. Everybody knows the story about Kurt bagging groceries and then playing in Europe. But I'll bet you that, even when he was bagging groceries, Kurt was telling people he could play in the NFL.

"I think you can best summarize Kurt with a story I heard about (former baseball pitcher) John Wetteland. He gave up a grand slam once and his response was, 'Hey, the guy hit a great pitch.' Kurt's the same way. He'll throw an interception and he'll say the defender made a great play. He can throw 20 bad balls, but the next one is going to perfect.''

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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