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CANTON, OHIO • As he took the stage well after 10 p.m. on Saturday night, Kurt Warner joked, “Man I wasn’t sure if this moment was ever going to come.”

Then, he paused and added: “In more ways than one.”

It was a reference both to the nature of his unorthodox career — a career unlike any who ever played in the National Football League. And the length of the evening’s proceedings. “People say Hollywood couldn’t have written it any better,” Warner said. “Now, they have no chance.”

But Warner finally had his moment Saturday, as the newest member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The story is now familiar. From stocking grocery shelves at a Hy-Vee store in Iowa. Where he had imaginary talks with a picture of Dolphins great Dan Marino on a Wheaties cereal box in the wee hours of the morning.

To quarterback of one of the greatest offenses in NFL history, the “Greatest Show on Turf” of the St. Louis Rams.

Those Rams are gone but not forgotten. And with each passing year, as one after another member of those teams is enshrined in Canton, their legacy grows.

The Rams may be back in Los Angeles, but the “Greatest Show” will forever be uniquely St. Louis.

The first Saturday in August has become almost a regular reunion event for St. Louis Rams. Warner was inducted Saturday, left tackle Orlando Pace last year, defensive back Aeneas Williams in 2014, and running back Marshall Faulk in 2011.

“I was thinking about getting some real estate out here or something, I’ve been coming back so regularly,” said wide receiver Torry Holt, laughing as he arrived for Saturday’s proceedings.

But this night, or course, belonged to Warner, who rose from obscurity to superstardom in a flash. He led the Rams to a pair of Super Bowls in St. Louis, and then just when it seemed his career was all but done, he did it again with the Arizona Cardinals.

Again, Saturday was his moment. There many times in Warner’s life, he said, when he didn’t think his moment would come.

He waited four years to get a chance to start at Northern Iowa. He was undrafted out of college. Then he waited until age 28 for his first NFL start.

“Moments matter,” Warner told a smaller than usual crowd of 13,500 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. “They leave their impression on us. They shape how we live our lives and they impact what we become.”

But with hundreds of fans wearing Warner No. 13 Rams jerseys listening from the stands, he said you can’t always choose when those moments will come, how many you’ll get in life, or even know in the moment which ones will leave the biggest impact on your life.

“Don’t miss your moments,” Warner said. “I believe I stand here tonight because of what I did with the moments I was given. My enshrinement makes the statement that although impact is measured over a career, it is established in the moments, regardless of how many or how few your blessed with.”

Of course, Warner realizes one of life’s biggest moments for him came when Trent Green went down with a knee injury in the third preseason game of 1999.