Curt Warner Delivers Keynote Speech for Clark College Class of 2015
“If people say you can’t succeed, you don’t have time to listen to that.”
Words of wisdom imparted by former Seahawks running back Curt Warner, who delivered the keynote speech for the Clark College Class of 2015 commencement. Located near Vancouver, WA, members of Clark College’s 79th graduating class gathered together on June 18—more than 730 of them, making the 2015 Commencement ceremony the college’s largest yet.
Noting that he had grown up in West Virginia’s coal mining country, where career options were limited, Warner urged graduates to aspire toward their goals, even if others tried to dissuade them.
“Dedicate yourselves to your goals. Never give up. People who make goals get slapped down at least once. Everyone loses sometime. It’s how you handle the losing that makes you a winner.”
A talented running back in high school, Warner earned a football athletic scholarship to Penn State University, where he was named an All-American in both 1981 and 1982. In 1983, he helped the Nittany Lions capture their first national championship. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in speech communication from Penn State.
Warner was drafted by the Seahawks as the #3 pick in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft. He led the AFC in rushing yards his rookie season, helping his team get to the AFC’s first conference championship game. Warner was named to the NFL’s Pro Bowl in 1983, 1986, and 1987. He was inducted into the Seahawks’ Ring of Honor in 1994, and into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009.
He retired from football in 1990 and owned his own car dealership, Curt Warner Chevrolet, from 1999 to 2010. Beyond his current professional activities, Warner serves as a motivational speaker for companies and institutions.
Warner lives in Camas, WA, with his wife, Ana; their twins, Austin and Christian; and daughter, Isabella. Their oldest son, Jonathan, is currently a wide receiver at Penn State.