Imagine being named Mikal Jordan or Mike Trowt. Those names are a bit sillier than Curt Warner, but just imagine how it feels being a former NFL running back with the resume of Warner and yet having Google ask people if they mean "Kurt Warner" instead.
Let's be real: even if Kurt Warner didn't exist in the same universe of notoriety as Curt Warner, the former Seahawks running back would still be overlooked. Warner was an exceptional player in the 1980s and was a significant spark for a team that went from losing records to winning ones after he'd arrived.
For those too young to remember, Warren was a former top three NFL Draft pick out of Penn State, one of many great running backs to play for the Nittany Lions, and he made good on his potential with the Seahawks from the word go. He finished his rookie season with 1,774 yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns.
Here's the thing: even in his rookie season, after putting up such incredible numbers, Warner was already overlooked. It just so happens that the '83 draft class also included Eric Dickerson who set rookie records that same exact season. Oh yeah, there were also eight total Hall of Famers from that same class with potentially more on the way if the likes of Henry Ellard, Roger Craig, Albert Lewis, or Karl Mecklenburg are ever enshrined.
Back to Warner. A torn ACL robbed him of his sophomore season, but Warner bounced back impressively to average 1,146 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns per season for the next four years for the Seahawks as they took flight in the standings, putting up their first four playoff appearances in franchise history during Warner's tenure.
When he retired, Warren sat atop the franchise's all-time rushing yards and rushing touchdowns list and he remains third overall to this day. As a member of the Seahawks Ring of Honor, Warner will always stand among those honored by the franchise but it just feels as if he's never fully received the spotlight he deserved for one reason or another—and now even in retirement, he's still known as the other Warner.