By Nick Shook
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Kurt Warner is in Canton. His extended family is not.
Warner tried to use his newly acquired Hall of Fame clout (piled on top of his NFL Network and Super Bowl champion clout) to sway a major airline company to squeeze his traveling party of 13 onto the last flight to Cleveland in order to get them to Canton in time for Enshrinement Weekend. Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill didn’t wait to take matters into his own hands.
Warner experienced a career renaissance in the desert while a member of the Cardinals, bringing the franchise its first NFC title in Arizona. The Cardinals were one fantastic two-minute drill and incredible Santonio Holmes touchdown catch from bringing home the Lombardi Trophy, with much thanks due to Warner. Bidwill is returning the favor again, though the Cardinals didn’t say how many of Warner’s traveling party will actually make it to Canton.
Bidwill, as anyone who watched All or Nothing knows, is a licensed pilot, but having landed in Ohio Thursday himself, he didn’t fly this private plane sent to O’Hare Airport in Chicago.