Warner denies retirement rumors

From The Arizona Republic:</p>

Quarterback Kurt Warner was saying thank you, not necessarily goodbye, when he took a lap around the field at University of Phoenix Stadium and slapped hands with fans after Sunday's playoff victory over the Packers.

Warner's potential retirement became a story Sunday when ESPN reported that people close to Warner expect him to retire, unless he changes his mind.

Warner denied that he has made any plans, and the lap was not a farewell one.

"That was my way of saying thanks to the fans because I know we're not coming back here this year," Warner said of the lap. "I appreciate them. We haven't played our best football at home this year, but they've been incredible for us."

fter throwing five touchdown passes in the Cardinals' 51-45 victory over the Packers, Warner said what he always says when asked about retirement: He'll take some time after the season to make a decision.

"I never want to make an emotional decision," he said, "and I think it's easy to do, whether it's after a game like this, to say, 'I'm going to play forever,' or after a bad game to say, 'Ah, I'm done.'

"There is no question I continue to think about it and have thought about it over the last few years and will again this year. I don't think you want to stay too long, but you don't want to go out before it's time."

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