Warner on ballot for 2008 College Football Hall of Fame class

March 21, 2008

University Park, Pa. — Curt Warner, Penn State's career rushing leader, is among the candidates under consideration for the National Football Foundation's College Hall of Fame.

A two-time first team All-American, Warner was selected for the national ballot for the Hall of Fame's Class of 2008. He has an opportunity to join 16 former Nittany Lion players and five Penn State coaches who have been inducted into the Hall.

Penn State coach Joe Paterno was inducted last December and will be formally enshrined in the Hall of Fame during ceremonies on July 18-19 in South Bend, Ind., home of the College Football Hall of Fame.

Warner matriculated to Penn State from Wyoming, W.Va. and had a tremendous impact on the program. He led Penn State in rushing during the 1980, '81 and '82 seasons, helping the Nittany Lions earn a 31-5 record, with three bowl wins, including the 1982 National Championship. Upon completion of his career, he owned 42 school records.

Twenty-five seasons after his collegiate career ended, Warner still holds Penn State career records for rushing yardage (3,398), 100-yard rushing games (18) and all-purpose yards in a game (341), among others. Warner averaged 5.2 yards per carry and his 649 career rushing attempts weren't eclipsed until Tony Hunt (654) did so in 2006. His career all-purpose yardage record stood for 20 years until broken by Larry Johnson in 2002. In addition to his rushing yards, Warner also gained 922 career yards on kick returns and 662 on receptions.

Warner re-wrote the school record by gaining 341 all-purpose yards in a victory at Syracuse in 1981, with a career-high 256 rushing yards, as well as 65 return and 20 receiving yards. His 238 rushing yards in a win at Nebraska in 1981 also rank in the Penn State top 10. Warner gained 4,982 career all-purpose yards, second only to Johnson's 5,045.

A two-time Fiesta Bowl Offensive Player of the Game, Warner is Penn State's career leader in bowl game rushing with 474 yards on 76 attempts (6.2) and five touchdowns. He owns three of the Nittany Lions' top 10 bowl rushing performances, led by 155 yards vs. Ohio State in the 1980 Fiesta Bowl and 145 yards vs. USC in the 1982 Fiesta Bowl, as he out-gained Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Allen by 60 yards in the Nittany Lions' 26-10 win.

Warner scored 33 career touchdowns - 24 carrying the ball, six as a receiver and three on kickoff returns. The third player selected overall in the 1983 National Football League draft, he had a productive eight-year career with the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams.

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