An emotional, revealing memoir of one family’s life in seclusion—and the love, strength, and faith it took to save it.
Seahawks star running back Curt Warner and his wife, Ana, were prominent figures in Seattle in the early 1990s. When they dropped from the public eye after Curt’s retirement, everyone assumed it was for a simpler life. But the reality behind their seclusion was a secret they hid from even their closest friends: their twins, Austin and Christian, had been diagnosed with severe autism. What followed was a painful struggle to hold their family and their marriage together in a home filled with chaos, emotional exhaustion, and constant fear for the safety of their unpredictable but beloved boys.
Now, after years of silence, the Warners share their inspiring journey from stardom and success to heartbreaking self-imposed isolation. Above all, it’s a story of the life-changing truth that love for family and each other—no matter how challenged—is the path to healing and peace.
The Warner Boys is the true story of a family who fought for their children and how they grew stronger against all odds.
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About the Author
Curt Warner is an honors graduate in communication, a two-time All-American at Penn State, a 2009 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, and a former All-Pro running back for the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams. A three-time Pro Bowler, Warner was inducted into the Seattle Seahawks Ring of Honor in 1994.
Ana Warner has dedicated her life to the care of her family and the study and treatment of autism spectrum disorder. Both she and her husband have served as keynote speakers at the National Autism Conference at Penn State and the Texas Autism Conference in San Antonio. The Warner Boys is their first book.
Dave Boling is an award-winning sports columnist and former reporter for the Tacoma News Tribune. He is the author of two novels, Guernica and The Lost History of Stars.
Table of Contents
Authors' Note xiii
Chapter 1 The Diagnosis 1
Chapter 2 Coal Country to the NFL 11
Chapter 3 On Bended Knee 27
Chapter 4 Ryan Warner Never Cried 36
Chapter 5 The Warner Boys 45
Chapter 6 Now What? 52
Chapter 7 Fighting Back 59
Chapter 8 Our Own Private Island 69
Chapter 9 Ending It 79
Chapter 10 Puberty Was a Nightmare 84
Chapter 11 She's One Tough Cookie 91
Chapter 12 The blouse Is on Fire 96
Chapter 13 When the Smoke Cleared 106
Chapter 14 Big Brother 113
Chapter 15 A Light in the Dark 117
Chapter 16 Finding Our Way 121
Chapter 17 Trials and Errors 130
Chapter 18 The Costs 136
Chapter 19 Accentuating the Positives 141
Chapter 20 Tested by Fire 148
Chapter 21 Austin and Christian as Young Men 155
Chapter 22 Warners at Work 160
Chapter 23 Recovery and Controversy 164
Chapter 24 The Nest Chapter 173
Chapter 25 You Are Not Alone 176
About the Authors 187