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Warner didn't want to "hang on too long"

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Kurt Warner doesn't necessarily feel like a retired quarterback yet, even though he announced his decision last Friday.

He's spent time with his family, and he arrived in Miami Monday evening for some pre-scheduled arrangements and meetings.

"So far, so good," Warner told the Sun-Times.

But Warner, 38, expected the challenge will come in the late summer, when his body clock prepares for the NFL pre-season.

"I'm sure there's going to be a transition," he said, "because I've done it for so long."

But don't think that means he has any regrets; Warner said he'a always wanted to be proactive about retiring.

"I did not want to hang on too long," he said. "There's no question it was the right timing (for me).

"I'm not worried, or second-guessing it one bit. I'm enjoying the idea that, 'Hey, it's done.' "

Warner had one of his best seasons ever, finishing 10th in the NFL with a passer-rating of 93.2. And after leading his second team to a Super Bowl last season, Warner helped the Arizona Cardinals win a dramatic NFC Wildcard game against the Green Bay Packers. The Cardinals won 51-45 with Warner completing a remarkable 29 of 33 passes for 379 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. His passer rating was 154.1 near perfect (158.3 is the best possible).

Sure, Warner could have come back next season, and the Cardinals would have loved to have him. But, again, he has no regrets.

"I'm looking forward to what's next," he said.

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