Warner knows retirement is ‘getting closer,’ but when?

Kurt Warner‘s future with the Arizona Cardinals hinges on more than whether the team chooses to retain him, which doesn’t appear in doubt.

The larger issue facing the 36-year-old QB is deciding whether he wants to continue to play.

And after his first practice in preparation for Sunday’s Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Warner made retirement sound as if it wasn’t merely a fleeting thought.

“I don’t know what my future is as far as whether I’m going to play or whether I’m not going to play,” he said Thursday. “That’s the question. If I play, I don’t want it to be anywhere else other than Arizona. If I play, I want to be back with the Cardinals.

“Everything that’s been indicated to me is that they want me back. If they want me back, and I want to play, I don’t foresee it being a problem that we work things out, and I’m in Arizona for the rest of my career.”

Warner, a devout Christian, said he would rely heavily on his faith to guide him on what to do. He also said he wouldn’t allow factors such as having just played in his third Super Bowl or the aches and pains of a 10th NFL season to influence his decision. Warner pointed out that his calling beyond football has him looking harder at walking away from the game.

“I just know that the time’s getting closer (to the end of his playing career),” Warner said. “I feel (God) is pulling me to doing other things and to taking advantage of my career after football. The only question is to make sure that it’s the right time. I don’t want to get out too early, and I don’t want to regret it. I don’t want to hang on too long and regret that side of it, either.

“So, as I know that he’s starting to pull me away and starting me thinking about other things, that’s what I just have to reflect on. That’s going to be the ultimate decision, whether I feel like he’s done with me in this game, at least on the field with what I’ve accomplished, or whether he’s not. And whatever that is, I’m going to be happy to go in that direction.”

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