Zachary Taylor Warner is a young American man who became known by many because of his relationship with Kurt Warner, the famous former NFL player who is his stepfather.
In addition to being Kurt Warner’s son, Zachary, who has lived with a disability for years, is also known to be the one who inspired the founding of a facility in Pheonix, Arizona, named Treasure House. Co-founded by his parents, Kurt and Brenda Warner, the Christian-based facility provides quality accommodation for young adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities. Read on to find out more about Kurt Warner’s stepson.
Zachary was Born to Parents who were Serving in the United States Marine Corps
Zachary Taylor Warner was born on 29th April 1989 to his mother Brenda Warner formerly known as Brenda Carney Meoni and his father Neil. Details about his father’s background remain unknown but according to information gathered, he was in the military.
Zachary’s mother, Brenda Warner, was born on June 17th, 1967 in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Rather than going to college, Brenda chose to be part of the United States Marine Corps, USMC, which was also where she got to meet Zachary’s father.
The two fell in love while working together in the Marine and then started dating, which finally resulted in their getting married in 1987. After being married for two years, their union was blessed with the birth of their son Zachary Taylor Warner, fondly called Zack.
She continued to flourish in her career, rising to the rank of a Corporal. Unfortunately, she had to take a hardship discharge from the Corps to take care of Zachary who had become disabled following an incident that led to him becoming disabled.
Is Zachary Taylor Warner Blind?
Zachary Taylor is partially blind and also suffers from serious brain issues that are a result of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) he sustained from a fall when he was a baby. His condition notwithstanding, Zack’s parents made sure to give him an education. However, he could not attend just any kind of school.
As of 2000, Kurt and Brenda lived in an unattractive apartment in Creve Coeur, a high-brow suburb located in mid-St. Louis County, Missouri. This was not because they couldn’t afford better accommodation in a less-affluent city but because Brenda had a fierce desire to enroll Zack in the best school system possible.
A report by Los Angeles Times revealed that Brenda had to fight hard and sometime loudly just to see to it that she gets everything Zach was supposed to get from the school system. She and her husband had made sacrifices to live in their Creve Coeur apartment and she wasn’t going to let anyone deny her son anything. The publication also disclosed that if not for money issues, Brenda would have loved to hire the best tutors possible for Zachary Taylor Warner.
Being in a condition like Zack’s is far from easy, both for him and his loved ones. Even though he is not completely blind, he is able to get by each day with the support of his family. Inspired by his condition, Zack’s parents co-established Treasure House, where he lives, leading a purposeful life alongside other residents who are intellectually and developmentally disabled.
It has been reported that Zack has shown some form of interest in football just like his stepfather Kurt Warner; probably if he was in a better condition than his present, we would have been looking forward to him playing American football.
Meanwhile, in December 2021, a biographical sports film about Kurt Warner titled American Underdog was released. The film stars Zachary Levi and Anna Paquin as Kurt and Brenda Warner. Although it is mostly about Kurt’s difficult journey as an undrafted American football player who rose to win Super Bowl XXXIV, much of it centers on his relationship with the blind and intellectually disabled Zachary, whose character was played by a visually challenged young actor named Hayden Zaller.
Zachary Taylor Was Not Born Blind
One out of thousands of children are born blind but that was not the case for Zachary Taylor Warner as many seem to think. On the contrary, the incident that led to him losing his sight occurred while the young man was still an infant, just three and half months old.
On that faithful day of the incident, he accidentally slipped from the hands of his biological father and landed with his head in the bathtub, which resulted in a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
Many, even doctors, thought he was not going to survive, telling his parents that he may not live beyond the night and that if he stayed alive, he would be brain-damaged to a great extent and most likely not able to live anything close to a normal life.
Zachary did miraculously pull through it all, however, just like the doctors said, permanent damage was done to his brain. Consequently, he became partially blind and his motor skills also became retarded. One can only imagine the pain his parents felt, most especially his father who must have felt guilty for his son’s condition.
Moving on, the family had to accept and live with their son’s present condition. They had to devise a means to help him cope even though he is not fully blind. But as we all know, people with any form of disability do not find life easy as they always get to struggle at some point. It’s actually not a condition one should find him/herself in.
Sadly, Zachary Taylor Warner’s father and mother got divorced eventually. According to Los Angeles Times, the couple’s union crashed because Neil found it hard to deal with his guilt over Zack’s condition. However, PEOPLE reported that they parted ways because Zachary’s father had cheated on his mom.
At the time their divorce was finalized, Brenda was pregnant with her second child (Zachary’s sister) named Jesse Jo who was born in 1992 and is presently married to Daniel Staton.
Is Zachary Taylor Warner Kurt Warners Biological Child?
As already established above, Zachary Taylor Warner is the son of Taylor Warner’s wife, Brenda, and her former husband simply identified as Neil.
After their divorce, Brenda moved on with her life and went ahead to enroll in the school of nursing at the University of Northern Iowa which was where she got to meet her present husband Kurtis Eugene Warner as he was also a student at the university and was playing for the school’s football team.
Kurtis Warner was born on June 22nd, 1971 in Burlington, Iowa, United States. As earlier mentioned he is a well-recognized American former football quarterback player who has made history in NFL.
Brenda and Kurt Warner got to meet each other in the early ’90s when she was on a night out with her friends at a country-western club in northern Iowa. They line danced and after getting to know each other, they began dating and later sealed their love by getting married on October 11th, 1997. Afterward, Kurt adopted Zachary Taylor and his sister, Jesse.
The couple went ahead to have five children of their own. Other siblings born to Zachary Taylor Warner are
1. Kade Warner: He was born on 29th September 1998 and just like his father, is also an American football player for the Kansas State Wildcats football team.
2. Jada Jo Warner: She was born in 2001 and is the second half-sibling of Zachary Taylor. Jada is said to own a YouTube channel from where she earns a living and resides in Arizona.
3. Elijah Warner: He was born in 2003 and just like his brother, has also taken after the steps of his father, aspiring to be an American football player. He presently pledged to play for the Temple University football team.
4/5. Sienna and Sierra: These are the last two half-siblings of Zachary, they are identical twins and were born on December 19th, 2005.
Is Zachary Warner Married?
Zachary Warner is very much single and there is no information on any past relationships. Considering his condition, it might be difficult but not impossible to find someone who will love him just the way he is.
What is Zach Warner’s Age?
Zach Warner is 33 Years Old. He was born to Brenda Warner and her ex-husband, Neil, on 29th April 1989.
How Tall is Zach Warner?
Zachary Warner is exactly as tall as his stepfather, Kurt Warner, they both stand at 6 feet 2 inches or 1.88 m.
What is Zach Warner’s Net Worth?
Zach is not in any known job at the moment but some sources have it that he has a net worth estimated at $750k. But as far as we know, he is mostly dependent on his.