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Sunday could very well decide Kurt Warner's Canton fate.
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By Jim Trotter, SI.com

TAMPA -- One of the biggest questions this week has been whether Kurt Warner will make the Hall of Fame. The Cardinals quarterback has been asked about it, and given all the right answers about how he's just focused on this week and the upcoming game against the Steelers. But I think Warner does think about his legacy and knows that what happens in Raymond James Stadium on Sunday could go a long way toward determining his Hall fate.

I talked to Warner in the middle of the regular season and it came up that I was a voter for the Hall of Fame. I got the sense that Warner does care very much about whether he goes to Canton. He's human. What player wouldn't want to be enshrined?

If Warner's Cardinals beat the Steelers on Sunday, the quarterback is a shoo-in for enshrinement. If Arizona loses, there will be a lot more debate ahead. That doesn't mean he won't make it. He very well could. But the discussion could take a lot longer.

If the Cardinals lose, who knows what Warner's future holds. In the NFL, there's no guarantee from season to season. Arizona could lose Anquan Boldin. The Cardinals could take a few steps backward. You never know, and you never know how Warner will go out. Believe me, Warner realizes how big this game is when it comes to defining his place in NFL history.

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