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Rams’ Warner Has Emergency Surgery

May 16, 2000

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner had emergency surgery for an inflamed appendix Tuesday.

The quarterback was in good condition after the operation, which took about an hour, the St. Louis Rams said in a statement.

``Hopefully, he’ll be up and on his feet in a day or so,″ Rams coach Mike Martz said. ``As far as his participation in the next minicamp, we’ll have to wait and see.″

Warner’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, told St. Louis television station KTVI that Warner became ill over the weekend.

Warner led the Rams’ remarkable rise in 1999. A year removed from a 4-12 season, the Rams went 13-3 and beat the Tennessee Titans 23-16 in the Super Bowl. Warner was named MVP for both the regular season and the title game.

Just a few years ago, Warner was bagging groceries at a Hy-Vee store in Iowa. He eventually landed in the Arena Football League and World League before becoming a third-string quarterback for the Rams in 1998.

He won the starting job last season only after Trent Green went down with a season-ending knee injury in preseason.

Warner passed for 4,353 yards, completed 65.1 percent of his passes and had a quarterback rating of 109.2. He threw 41 touchdown passes, becoming only the second player to top 40.

Warner attended the Rams’ April 28-30 minicamp.

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