Penn State Running Back
1980 & 1982 Fiesta Bowls
A first-round draft pick and College Football Hall of Famer, Curt Warner made waves at not one, but two Fiesta Bowl games. He is one of only two players to be recognized as Fiesta Bowl Offensive Player of the Game two consecutive years. Warner played for the Seattle Seahawks for seven seasons, was a three-time Pro Bowl pick and was inducted into the Seahawks Ring of Honor in 1994. Now a family man and father of four, Warner and his wife, Ana reside in Washington State.
Q | What is your favorite memory from the two Fiesta Bowl games you played?
A | Probably my first carry in that first game. I broke a long run and took it to the end zone. Those two Fiesta Bowls, as a whole, were very favorable from my standpoint. I loved being in Arizona; that was my first time out west. Arizona in the middle of the winter – it’s 70 degrees outside. I mean, you can’t beat that. It was a fun time for us. We were able to play some football, but better yet, it was a reward for having a good season. The hospitality and the staff and volunteers were first-class all the way around.
Q | What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from the game of football?
A | The most important lesson would be the teamwork concept. Everyone plays a certain role in the preparation for each and every game. Whether it be the starters or backup or fourth-string, it’s a matter of having respect for everyone, regardless of how much playing time they’re getting.
Q | How has it felt to see your hard work come full-circle – to have been a first-round draft pick and to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame?
A | It’s always nice to be recognized, especially after the game has ended and you’ve moved on. It is gratifying, and I feel extremely blessed to have had the opportunity to participate at the highest level. I’m very grateful to my teammates, coaches, family, friends, the fans especially – all of those who have supported me throughout my career. I just try to take those life lessons, and after it’s all said and done, how are you going to live your life? That’s my approach.
Q | How have you seen the climate of college and professional football change from when you were a player to now?
A | The game itself has not changed. You still put on the pads; you still line up; somebody’s got to throw the football; somebody’s got to catch it. From the business front, though, it has certainly grown. It’s big business. Sometimes it’s hard to find that happy-medium for college football to stay amateur, but we’ve got these big budgets to work with. It’s a fine line. From the game perspective, I don’t think it has changed that much. The game and competition is still great, and hopefully we’ll move forward to keeping the sport at its best.
Q | Who’s your favorite superhero?
A | Captain America
Q | What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
A | Cookies and Cream
Q | What’s your best dance move?
A | I don’t have any best dance moves. You know, nothing fancy… I’m just trying to stay on-beat.
Q | What’s number one on your bucket list?
A | Skydiving. I’m actually never going to do it… So I’ll just keep it on my bucket list.
Q | How did you meet your wife, Ana?
A | We met in Seattle at a department store. She was a fragrance model and selling men’s cologne. It was easy to chat about men’s cologne so that’s how I got the conversation rolling. We’ve been married for 26 happy years now.
Q | Talk about your family and being a father of four.
A | I have three sons and one daughter. My oldest boy went to Penn State on a football scholarship. I have two younger sons who have autism and a ten-year-old daughter. We’re happy about whatever role we can play in speaking out for those with disabilities. Our experience as parents of children with disabilities has given us the chance to tell our story. In sharing what we’ve been through – some of the struggles and prejudices – we hope to bring awareness to those who may not be accepting of what someone with a disability may look like or may behave. It’s been challenging at times, especially when you don’t have an explanation or reasoning for some things. In the end, though, it boils down to unconditional love. You’re going to love your children regardless, and you just hope and pray for those who do deal with issues that affect how they interact and live their lives. We are just happy and blessed, and we take on the struggles for our kids day-by-day.