Former NFL player Warrick Dunn raised his five siblings while attending college and then playing in the NFL, after his mom, a police officer, was shot dead while he was in high school. He built 145 houses for single moms, and also met and forgave the man who was convicted of killing his mother.
Warrick De’Mon Dunn (born January 5, 1975) is a former American football running back who played in the National Football League (NFL) for twelve seasons.
He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12th overall in the 1997 NFL Draft, after playing college football at Florida State.
Dunn was named AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1997 and earned three Pro Bowl selections in his career.
After his playing career, Dunn took a minority stake in the Falcons’ ownership group led by Arthur Blank.
Dunn played college football at Florida State University, where he rushed for over 1,000 yards in 3 straight seasons.
Warrick Dunn was also an accomplished track and field star, named as an Associated Press All-American as a member of Florida State’s Men’s 4x100m relay team.
Dunn competed on the Seminoles’ Track & Field team as a sprinter during all four years he was enrolled at Florida State.
Dunn was selected in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft with the 12th overall pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Dunn had a highly successful rookie season, was selected to the NFC Pro Bowl team, and named the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Dunn spent the next four years of his career in Tampa Bay, and was again named to the Pro Bowl in 2000.
In game 13 of that season, he had a career-best 210 yards rushing against the Dallas Cowboys (then, 2nd most in franchise history).
Once again, he made a positive impact on his team with 9 total TDs and in that year, he led the league with a 5.4 yards per carry average.
Dunn scored the most rushing touchdowns in his career, 9, in the 2004 season despite splitting carries with T.J. Duckett and also led the team in rushing with 1,106 yards.
Having led his team in rushing yards again in 2005, Dunn was named the NFC’s Pro Bowl team, marking his third selection to the team.
For his career, Dunn has only missed 10 games and has a total of 2,256 carries for 9,461 yards 43 touchdowns and a 4.2 average.
Dunn finished his first 10 seasons with over 1,000 combined rushing and receiving yards.
During the 2007 season, with Falcons starting quarterback Byron Leftwich out with a high ankle sprain, Dunn served as the third string emergency quarterback behind Joey Harrington and Chris Redman, a position he played in high school.
On March 10, 2008, Dunn returned to the Buccaneers after signing a two-year, $6 million contract.
In week 6 against the Carolina Panthers, Dunn had his first 100-yard game since re-joining the Buccaneers.
Dunn was released by the Buccaneers on February 25, 2009. He retired from the NFL 14th all-time in all-purpose yards with 15,306 (17th As of 2017) and 19th in rushing yards with 10,967 (22nd As of 2017).
As of 2017’s NFL off-season, Warrick Dunn held at least 11 Falcons franchise records, including:
Rush Yards: playoffs (310), playoff game (142 on 2005-01-15 STL)
Rush Yds/Att: playoffs (5.08), playoff season (6.28 in 2004), playoff game (8.35 on 2005-01-15 STL)
Rushing TDs: playoffs (3), playoff season (3 in 2004), playoff game (2 on 2005-01-15 STL)
Rush Yds/Game: playoffs (77.5), playoff season (100.5 in 2004)
1000+ rushing yard seasons: career (2, tied with 3 others)
Dunn’s achievements have been recognized over the years.