(Kurt Warner photos courtesy of the Arizona Cardinals)
Talk of Fame Network
The NFL created the World League of American Football to develop players.
In its 15-year run, from 1991-2007, the World League (later known as NFL Europe) exceeded expectations -- developing champions, Pro Bowlers, all-decade players and NFL contributors. It also gave the NFL a global presence, placing teams in England, Germany, Scotland and the Netherlands. But that became secondary to the quality of players that returned to the States.
Start with Kurt Warner, who would become an NFL MVP. Brad Johnson and Jake Delhomme also used their NFL Europe experiences to quarterback NFL teams to a Super Bowl. Linebacker James Harrison became a Super Bowl champion and defensive tackle La’Roi Glover became an NFL all-decade performer. Adam Vinatieri would go on to become the NFL’s fourth all-time leading scorer.
Jon Kitna and Scott Mitchell also returned from NFL Europe to become starting quarterbacks in the NFL. Chris Mohr became a Super Bowl punter for the Buffalo Bills and Michael Sinclair a Pro Bowl pass rusher. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett even took some snaps at quarterback, as did former Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel.
So who was the best player ever to come out of NFL Europe? In this week’s Talk of Fame Network poll, we give you five options – Warner, Johnson, Harrison, Glover and Vinatieri.