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Warner Works to Complete Habitat Home

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28)--A former NFL star with the St. Louis Rams, New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals has returned home to serve the Corridor.

Kurt Warner and his wife Brenda got their hands dirty Friday afternoon working with a crew to put the finishing touches on a Habitat for Humanity home in Cedar Rapids.

Friday the crew dedicated the home and handed over the keys to owner Liberio Niyiragira.

"To me and the life I've been through, the house is kind of like a blessing to me," he says.

Part of the team, former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner has lifted up the Lombardi Trophy. Friday, he put down mulch.

"They are installing plants as you can see there to beautify the home and get it ready to go," says Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Jeff Capps.

"I wanted to be great on the football field, no question, but we wanted to leave a lasting legacy and we know that lasting legacy is impacting people's lives," says Warner.

Warner is a Superbowl MVP and major team player in the Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity. Since 2009, his "First Things First" foundation has contributed close to a million dollars.

"When you have a really generous donor like that, that's willing to invest in your organization and consequently invest in your community, it can't be underestimated," says Capps.

Warner says his dreams came true on the football field. Niyiragira says now his dreams have come true too.

"I will say thank you so much and thank you, thank you, thank you, for long, long time. I will say that and I will sing that. Thank you, thank you, thank you," says Niyiragira.

If you would like to learn more about the First Things First foundation or how to get involved with Habitat for Humanity click the links.

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