Warner used to media attention

Jan. 29, 2002 at 6:26 PM
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NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Rams quarterback Kurt Warner knows all about being the center of attention on media day so he took Tuesday's attention in stride.

Two years ago, Warner wrote the most improbable story in NFL history when he went from an unknown backup quarterback who toiled in the Arena League and NFL Europe to NFL Most Valuable Player.

The spotlight did not rattle Warner then either as he set a Super Bowl record with 414 yards passing in St. Louis' 23-16 win over Tennessee.

"We might be a more complete team now," Warner said Tuesday when comparing this edition to the Super Bowl XXXIV winner. "I think the offense has matured because we know each other better and the defense is at a point now where it can win games for us."

Superstar running back Marshall Faulk and perennial Pro Bowl cornerback Aeneas Williams of the Rams are both New Orleans natives and drew the most attention in the Tuesday afternoon session.

Faulk attended Carver High School while Williams played at Fortier High and Southern University.

"I was brought up here, the majority of my friends are here and my family is here," Faulk said. "The schools that I went to and the teachers that I know are here. It's a great opportunity to have the chance to play in front of them (in a Super Bowl)."

A seven-time Pro Bowler in his 11-year career, Williams will play his first Super Bowl in the stadium where he once worked as a vendor.

"I could not have written this script any better," Williams said. "To have the opportunity to do this in my hometown in the Superdome, where I sold popcorn, peanuts and Coke, where I played high school and college games, is great."

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