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发信站: The unknown SPACE (Tue Feb 1 01:07:46 2000) WWW-POST
Rams' Warner armed with love
Quarterback values his family life,
By Jill Lieber, USA TODAY
ATLANTA - Kurt and Brenda Warner
have a constant reminder that life can
change in the blink of an eye, and it comes in a warm,
loving, pint-sized package named Zachary.
When Zachary was an infant, his father, Brenda's first
husband, accidentally dropped him during a bath. The
baby's head slammed against the side of the tub,
scrambling his brain and rupturing his retinas. The
doctors said Zachary probably wouldn't survive and if he
did, he'd never be able to see, much less walk, talk or sit
For the next 17 days, Brenda sat in a rocking chair next to
his hospital crib, watching helplessly as Zachary suffered
repeated grand mal seizures. She recited Bible verses and
asked God to perform a miracle.
''I'd stare out the window, at a highway interchange
below, and I'd say, 'These people are rushing to get some
place. Don't they know my son is dying?' '' she said. ''I
wanted to scream, 'Stop!' I'll never forget that feeling.''
Ten years later, Brenda's
prayers have been
answered. Zachary is
partially blind, able to
read words and see
objects that are held
within inches of his face,
and he gets around fairly
well. He's a
grader, mainstreamed in
many classes, enrolled
in special education classes to learn math, spelling and
how to tell time.
''I don't think of him as disabled,'' Brenda said. ''He's got
it in him. He just has to work a lot harder than other kids.''
Said Kurt, who adopted Zachary and Brenda's daughter
Jesse, 8: ''Zachary falls down really hard 10 times a day,
but he always gets right back up and exudes pure joy. He
touches my life so much.''
These days, the Warners celebrate the date of the
accident, Sept. 6, calling it Zachary's Day. Guess who
gets to eat his favorite foods for dinner that night?
''It's just a new perspective,'' Brenda said. ''What point is
there to hate life? To live in grief? What good does that
bring to our children's lives? We need to help make them
better people. You do that by loving them.''
Maintaining perspective has allowed the Warners to ride
life's rollercoaster through triumphs and tragedies,
happiness and heartbreak, with remarkable dignity and
One of the more heartwarming overnight sensations ever
in professional sports, Kurt has gone from being an
anonymous third-string quarterback for the St. Louis Rams
to a Pro Bowl selection and the NFL's most valuable
player, in just five short months.
He completed 325 of 499 pass attempts for 4,353 yards
and 41 touchdowns this season and led the league in
several categories, including touchdowns and
He was the second player in NFL history to throw at least
40 TDs in a season, joining the Miami Dolphins' future
Hall of Famer Dan Marino, who did it in '84 and '86.
And on Sunday, Warner will lead the favored Rams
against the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV.
''I've never let go of my dreams,'' he said.
Dealing with success
But there's no way Warner could have envisioned the
frenzy created by this sudden surge of success. Inundated
with calls from rabid Rams fans, he and Brenda had to get
an unlisted phone number for the first time in their lives.
''And I'm ready to unlist it again,'' she said.
Their e-mail address had to be changed, too.
And after the Super Bowl, the
Warners are planning to hire an
assistant to read and respond to
the 1,000-plus pieces of mail
delivered each week. In the
meantime, Kurt has printed his
own football trading cards,
featuring the story of the day he
turned his life over to Christ,
so that he'll have something
meaningful to give to people
who ask for his autograph.
His stubbly face has been seen
just about everywhere. Warner
was was on the cover of Sports Illustrated, featured in
People, chatted up David Letterman, spun the wheel for
Vanna White and shared his testimony with the Rev. Billy
Graham. He even has his own cereal, called Warner's
Krunch Time, a vitamin-packed version of frosted flakes.
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