Kurt Warner (1998 – 2009)
Playing high school football in tiny Cedar Rapids, Iowa — and college football at the University of Northern Iowa — it was easy for NFL teams to overlook Kurt Warner. Making matters worse, Warner didn’t have a ton of opportunities to get noticed. He was third on his college team’s depth chart until his senior year. After bouncing around the Packers training camp, the Arena Football league, and NFL Europe, Warner finally found a home in St. Louis with the Rams. In the 1999 preseason, starting quarterback Trent Green torn his ACL, finally giving Warner the opportunity to showcase his skills.
Warner set the NFL on fire in his first season, throwing 41 touchdowns, and leading the franchise to its first Super Bowl victory during. He finished his career as a two-time NFL MVP, four-time Pro Bowl selection, and Super Bowl MVP. Not bad for a guy who played his first NFL game at the age of 27. NFL Resume: 2x NFL MVP, 4x Pro Bowl, Super Bowl MVP, Super Bowl Champion.