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Super Bowl defeat changes nothing: City needs a Kurt Warner street now

In Chuck Swore, City Hall on February 3, 2009 at 1:23 pm

Chuck Swore, the brains behind naming a Cedar Rapids street after native-son golf phenom Zach Johnson, is continuing to push to name a stretch of local asphalt for native son Kurt Warner.

Swore, a recent City Council member, initially jumped out with the street-naming idea for Warner after quarterback Warner helped get his latest team, the Arizona Cardinals, to the Super Bowl. Warner, a graduate of the former  Regis High School in Cedar Rapids,  had been to two Super Bowls as a St. Louis Ram.

Two weeks ago, Swore suggested naming what he thought was an unnamed street that runs by Kingston Stadium and Veterans Memorial Stadium for Warner.

Turns out the street actually has a name, Veterans Memorial Drive. The idea of changing the name to Kurt Warner Drive didn’t sit too well with some veterans, Swore reports.

His new idea is to put Warner’s name on the nearby street that runs next to Kingston Stadium and the tennis courts outside Veterans Memorial Stadium and between Eighth Avenue SW and Veterans Memorial Drive.

That little street is next to the Kingston football venue and won’t “insult every veteran” by trying to change the name of Veterans Memorial Drive, Swore says.

Plus, he adds, the proposed street has no existing name and no addresses on it that would need to be changed.

Swore says an interception thrown by Warner in Sunday’s Super Bowl matters not one bit in the city’s need to name a street for him.

“I hope it can be done immediately,” he says.

Swore hasn’t warmed to what he says has been KGAN-TV’s idea to name part of Interstate 380 for Warner.

Past council member Chuck Swore got Zach Johnson a Drive; now he launches a push to name a street for Kurt Warner

In Chuck Swore, City Hall on January 21, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Former council member Chuck Swore was the one who agitated first and succeeded in getting a street name here changed to Zach Johnson Drive in honor of the Cedar Rapids native and Masters Golf champion.

Swore on Wednesday is the first to surface now to name a street after another Cedar Rapids native and sports champion, NFL quarterback Kurt Warner.

Swore suggests the perfect street is the one runs between 15th Street SW and Rockford Road SW – which is the entrance to Kingston Stadium.

Warner, a Regis High School graduate, is leading a team into the Super Bowl for the third time.

Johnson, who won anew on the PGA tour last weekend, is also a Regis grad. His street is a little stretch that runs into Elmcrest Golf Course, where Johnson played golf growing up.