Curt Warner to be Inducted into the West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame
Congratulations to former Seahawks running back Curt Warner, who will be inducted into the West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame on May 15, 2016. He will be enshrined by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association at the 70th annual Victory Awards Dinner at the Charleston Civic Center Coliseum.
“What a pleasant surprise,” said Warner about his upcoming induction. “There have been a lot of great athletes from West Virginia, and I thank the sports writers for remembering and recognizing me.”
Warner is one of the most honored athletes — high school, college and professional — in West Virginia state history. At Pineville High School (now closed), he earned first-team all-state in football, basketball and baseball, and became the first of only two prep athletes to win both the Kennedy Award as the top football player and the Amateur Athlete of the Year at the same time in 1978.
In football, the running back rushed for 2,532 yards and scored 48 touchdowns and 309 points in 12 games as a senior. Included was a game of 424 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. In three seasons, he scored 577 points and led the state two years. In basketball, he scored over 1,500 points in three seasons at Pineville High School and averaged 24.4 points as a senior.
Warner opted to sign a football grant in aid with Penn State University, where he led the Nittany Lions in rushing three years and helped the school win its first national championship with a 1983 Sugar Bowl win. He earned first-team All-America honors as a junior and second team as a senior. He also set 42 school records, including career rushing of 3,398 yards, which lasted 28 years.
He was the third overall pick in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Seahawks. The two draftees ahead of him were future Hall of Famers John Elway and Eric Dickerson.
In his first NFL season, he was the AFC Offensive Player of the Year, leading the AFC in rushing yards and helping the Seahawks to their first Conference Championship game. He was also selected to the first of three Pro Bowls (1983, 1986, 1987). He played seven seasons in Seattle and his final year with the Los Angeles Rams.
Warner’s career NFL totals: 6,844 rushing yards and 56 touchdowns. He was inducted into the Seahawks Ring of Honor in 1994.
In 2009, Warner was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, and in 2014 the West Virginia Sports Writers Association named its first “Running Back of the Year” award in his honor.