ATLANTA (AP) -- This one was for every kid who was ever told he couldn't play, every kid who was ever cut by the big boys and sent on his way.
This one was for super market clerks and Arena League players, guys on the outside looking in, dreaming about what it must be like to play in the Super Bowl and be the MVP.
This one was for Kurt Warner, as unlikely a success story as this game has ever uncovered.
Tick off the names of the Hall of Fame quarterbacks who've been Super Bowl MVPs -- Joe Montana, Roger Staubach, Joe Namath, Bart Starr and Terry Bradshaw. None of them ever accomplished what Warner did on one magical night at the Georgia Dome.
The outcast quarterback with the humble credentials passed for a record 414 yards, leading the St. Louis Rams to a 23-16 Super Bowl victory over the Tennessee Titans.
And when he was asked if he thought of other Super Bowl quarterbacks, guys like John Elway, Bart Starr, Troy Aikman and Steve Young, Warner just smiled.
''All I thought about,'' he said, ''was that ring. We worked hard. We made the one play that put us over the top.''
No problem. The onetime super market stock clerk who played college ball at Northern Iowa had been in this situation many times before, when he was packing shelves in Cedar Falls, Iowa, when he was playing in the Arena League for the Iowa Barnstormers, when he was in NFL Europe with the Amsterdam Admirals.
He made it sound like there was nothing to it.
''We've got two minutes,'' Warner said. ''We've been up and down the field all day. There was no reason we couldn't move it for a field goal to win it. By no means were we doubting that we could win the game.''
And he did exactly that.
Not with a field goal. That would be so ordinary, hardly a fitting end for his heroic season. Instead, Warner unloaded a pass down the right sideline. Isaac Bruce caught it and turned it into a 73-yard touchdown.
''It was a go route,'' he said. ''We called it earlier and Isaac beat his guy. We thought we could get a big one right off the bat. Maybe they weren't expecting it.''
The Titans tried to respond with a race against the clock that came up barely 1 yard short of the end zone as time ran out. Had Tennessee scored, it would have been the first overtime game in Super Bowl history.
Warner was on the sideline, watching the drama unfold.
''It was tough,'' he said. ''It's always tough when you don't have the ball. You just sit and watch. I was hoping to hold on. They did a great job of coming back. We were just able to make that one play, and making that one play at the end and keeping them out of the end zone. We were just fortunate that the time on the clock ran out.''
Still, Warner might have enjoyed a little sudden death action. The way this dream season has gone -- MVP in the regular season, 41 touchdown passes, 4,353 passing yards, a quarterback rating of 109.2 -- it certainly wouldn't have scared him.
His year has had a fairy tale air about it. Signed as a backup, he stepped into the regular job when $16.5 million free agent Trent Green was injured in training camp. His performance went far beyond expectations and his modest quarterback roots.
''I don't think of it as a Hollywood story,'' he said. ''It's my life. I take it one day at a time. I'm truly blessed. If it can be a source of hope to anybody, I'm happy to be a part of it.''
And then he offered some advice for the other outsiders, the ones still waiting for their chance.
''Don't ever lose sight of the goal,'' he said. ''Don't let anybody tell you you can't reach it. Keep it in you, and there's no reason you can't do it.''
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