This day in history: Seahawks select RB Curt Warner in the first round


On this day in 1983, the Seattle Seahawks made a move that would help boost their lack of offense in the run game.

During the first round of the NFL draft, the Seahawks selected Penn State running back Curt Warner with the third pick right out the gate.

The Seahawks were looking to provide some legs for new coach Chuck Knox’s so-called “Ground Chuck” offense.  

In his college days, Warner was a two-time first-team All-American. He led the Nittany Lions in rushing in his final three seasons and was a pivotal part of the 1982 national championship team.

The first in school history.

Warner still holds the record with 18 100-year rushing performances in his career. He completed his time in college with 24 rushing touchdowns.

So it was ideal for the Seahawks to get Warner. They went as far as trading away their first, second, and third-round picks to the Oilers to move into the third spot.

And for seven seasons, it most certainly paid off.

In his rookie season, he rushed for 1,449 yards and 14 touchdowns and helped the team go 9-7 for the season and made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

After the season, he earned AFC Offensive Player of the year and also was named to his first of three Pro Bowls.

During his seven seasons with the Seahawks, Warned rushed for 6,705 yards, 55 touchdowns and three Pro Bowls.

He was inducted into the Seahawks Ring of Honor in 1994, and was selected into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009.