The Story of St. Louis Ram‘s Quarterback Kurt Warner meeting and marrying his Wife Brenda-Truth! & Fiction!



Summary of eRumor:
Kurtis, a stock boy, meets and falls instantly in love with Brenda, a cashier at the supermarket where they both work.  He asks her out, and she resists, saying she’s got 2 kids and no money for a babysitter.  Kurtis offers to pay for the sitter, so she accepts.  Kurtis meets the children, one of whom is a boy in a wheelchair who has Down Syndrome.  At the last minute, the babysitter is not available, and Kurtis offers to take the whole family out for the evening.  He’s a hit with the kids and they are a hit with him and Brenda decides Kurtis is the man for her.  A year later, they are married and Kurtis, the stock boy, is actually Kurt Warner, the quarterback for the St. Louis Rams.
The Truth:
The story of Kurt and Brenda Warner’s meeting and marrying is an often-told and inspiring one, but this particular eRumor version of it includes a lot of fiction.

They did not meet as fellow employees at a supermarket and their son does not have Down Syndrome.

When they met, Kurt was a university student and Brenda was a divorced single mom living on food stamps.  In his autobiography “Keep Your Head Up,” Kurt describes his and  Brenda’s first encounter when a teammate at the University of Northern Iowa talked him into going to a country-music club in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  There was an instant connection, but Brenda didn’t know whether it would last.  Not only was she a single mom, but one of her two children, her son Zachary, had significant medical problems.  He was blinded and brain-injured when accidentally dropped to the floor by her first husband.  Kurt was not turned aside by the children or Zachary’s condition and he and Brenda forged a relationship that resulted in their marrying four years later.  Kurt’s celebrated job at a grocery store took place in 1994 after he got a pink-slip from the Green Bay Packers.  He returned to Cedar Falls and worked nights stocking shelves for $5.50 an hour.  He rose to fame by throwing an amazing 41 touchdowns for the Rams, bringing them to a 13-3 record and to memorable victory in Super Bowl XXXIV.  He’s become known for his commitment to his family, his clean-kid lifestyle, and his Christian faith.   He and Brenda now live in St. Louis with their four children Zachary, Kade, Jesse, and Jada Jo.  He is the founder of the First Things First foundation.

Click here for his website.

updated 1/21/09

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

 Dear Family and Friends,

 This true story is good. Kurtis is a fine Christian and from this story a
 really nice man. Have a g reat week.
 Frank and Irfene Wuest

   Truth Beats Fiction, Again!…..from andychaps_the-funnies
   In a supermarket, Kurtis the stock boy, was busily working when a
   new voice came over the asking for a carry out at check register 4.
   Kurtis was almost finished, and wanted to get some fresh air, and
   decided to answer the call. As he approached the check-out stand
   a distant smile caught his eye, the new check out girl was beautiful.
   She was an older woman (maybe 26, and he was only 22) and he
   fell in love.
   Later that day, after his shift was over, he waited by the punch clock
   to find out her name. She came into the break room, smiled softly at
   him, took her card and punched out, then left. He looked at her card,
   BRENDA. He walked out only to see her start walking up the road.
   Next day, he waited outside as she left the supermarket, and offered
   her a ride home. He looked harmless enough, and she accepted.
   When he dropped her off, he asked if maybe he could see her again,
   outside of work. She simply said it wasn’t possible. He pressed and
   she explained she had two children and she couldn’t afford a baby-
   sitter, so he offered to pay for the baby-sitter. Reluctantly she
   accepted his offer for a date for the following Saturday.
   That Saturday night he arrived at her door only to have her tell him
   that she was unable to go with him. The baby-sitter had called and
   canceled. To which Kurtis simply said, “Well, lets take the kids
   with us.”
   She tried to explain that taking the children was not an option, but
   again not taking no for an answer, he pressed. Finally Brenda,
   brought him inside to meet her children. She had an older daughter
   who was just cute as a bug, Kurtis thought, then Brenda brought out
   her son, in a wheelchair, he was born a paraplegic with down
   syndrome. Kurtis said to Brenda, “I still don’t understand why the
   kids can’t come with us?” Brenda was amazed. Most men would
   run away from a woman with two kids, especially if one had
   disabilities. Just like her first husband and father of her children
   That evening Kurtis and Brenda loaded up the kids, went to dinner
   and the movies. When her son needed anything Kurtis would take
   care of him. When he needed to use the rest room, he picked him
   up out of his chair, took him, brought him back. The kids loved
   At the end of the evening, Brenda knew this was the man she was
   going to marry and spend the rest of her life with. A year later, they
   were married and Kurtis adopted both of her children and since then
   they have added two more kids.
   So what happened to the stock boy and check out girl? Well, …..
   Mr. & Mrs. Kurt Warner, now live in St. Louis, where he is employed
   by the St. Louis Rams and plays quarterback.
   Go Rams!