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Kurt Warner was electric in the St. Louis Rams’ 23 16 Super Bowl win at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome last night, passing for 414 yards, includ ray bans ing the 73 yard winning touchdown.
Things weren’t so exciting at the Hy Vee Food Store in Cedar Falls, Iowa, where Warner worked after he was cut by the Green Bay Packers.
50 an hour five years ago. “It was very hectic earlier in the day. People were coming in for pop and chips, snack food kind of stuff. Nobody was listening on a radio, either.
But everybody was rooting for Warner.
“He’s just a really nice guy, very humble,” said Janssen. “There aren’t many people here anymore who worked with Kurt. But people are excited. It’s not very often you work at a place where someone famous once worked. So Warner got a job at the 24 hour supermarket in downtown Cedar Falls, the 34,000 population northeastern Iowa town where he went to college.
It didn’t take Warner long to catch on with the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League. That gig led to a job with NFL Europe’s Amsterdam Admirals, and then to the St. Louis Rams and the Super Bowl.
But Dave Jensen, Warner’s old night shift boss who’s now in charge of store inventory, still remembers the quarterback as a terribly nice guy who kept in shape by throwing rolls of paper towels.
“He’s doing really good,” Jensen said while watching the game with his roommates at his Cedar Falls apartment, a few blocks away from the store. “He’s lighting them up.
“I became a Rams fan when they got Kurt,” Jensen added. “He was always a real nice guy. He was a really good worker. I was shocked that he was the MVP in his first year, but I knew he’d make it to the NFL. He was very focused. None of his other shelf stockers can throw a roll of paper towels with a spiral, he said.
But with one of their own a star on Super Sunday, isn’t it tempting to try?
“They better not be,” Janssen said.
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