Warner joins Hall of Fame class

Former Penn State running back Curt Warner, the school's all-time leading rusher who helped lead the Nittany Lions to their first national championship, was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2009 on Thursday.

"I am deeply honored to have been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame," Warner said in a statement. "It’s always a good day when you receive news like this. I am honored and privileged to join such a distinguished group of players and coaches."

Warner, the 17th Penn Stater named a Hall of Famer, joins Pervis Atkins, New Mexico State; Tim Brown, Notre Dame; Chuck Cecil, Arizona; Ed Dyas, Auburn; Major Harris, West Virginia; Gordon Hudson, Brigham Young; William Lewis, Harvard; Woodrow Lowe, Alabama; Ken Margerum, Stanford; Steve McMichael, Texas; Chris Spielman, Ohio State; Larry Station, Iowa; Pat Swilling, Georgia Tech; Gino Torretta, Miami (Fla.) and Grant Wistrom, Nebraska as this year's player inductees. Coaches Dick MacPherson (Massachusetts and Syracuse) and John Robinson (USC, UNLV) also will enter the Hall of Fame with the Class of 2009.

For more on the story, see Friday's Centre Daily Times.