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Full Name: Warrick De'Mon Dunn Primary Position: RB
Height/Weight: 5' 9"/180 College: Florida State University
Birthdate: January 5, 1975 High School: Catholic (Baton Rouge, LA)
Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Pro Experience: 10 years


Biography

Warrick De'Mon Dunn (born January 5, 1975 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is an American Football player who currently plays running back for the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL.

High school career

At Catholic High in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Dunn played quarterback, cornerback, and running back. He was an All-America honorable mention selection by USA Today as a senior.

College career

Dunn enjoyed a successful college career at the Florida State University, graduating in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in information studies, where he currently holds several rushing records at the University including the all time rushing record with 3,959 career rushing yards, as well as the record for most rushing yards in one season with 1242, set in 1995. While at Florida State, Dunn became the only Seminole to rush for over 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. Dunn's jersey joined other Seminole players such as Fred Biletnikoff, Ron Sellers, Ron Simmons, Charlie Ward, Deion Sanders, and Chris Weinke to have their jerseys retired by the university. He was a three time All-ACC selection and a member of the 1996 ACC all-academic team. His number, 28, may be worn by future players, but his jersey will forever be displayed in the Moore Athletic Center at Florida State, whose policy changed in 1997 and the department began to retire the jersey's of all-time greats but allow the numbers to be worn again.

Professional career

Dunn was selected in the first round of the 1997 NFL draft with the 12th overall pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In his rookie season Dunn made an immediate impact for the Buccaneers squad. As the year finished he was selected to the NFC Pro Bowl team and was named the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year. Dunn spent the first four years of his career in Tampa Bay where he was named to the Pro Bowl twice (1998,2000) before signing with the Atlanta Falcons in the 2002 off-season. Once again he made a positive impact on the team with 9 total TDs and in 2002 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 1106 yards. Having lead his team in rushing yards again in 2005, Dunn was named the NFL's Pro Bowl team marking his third selection to the team. At the end of the 2005 season, he had only missed 10 games and had a total of 1,970 carries for 8,321 yards 39 touchdowns and a 4.2 average.

Personal

When Dunn was 18 years old, his mother, Betty Dunn Smothers, an off duty police officer, was murdered during a robbery in 1993 while working a second job as a security officer, leaving Dunn and his grandmother to raise his 5 younger siblings. Upon signing an NFL contract, Dunn moved his siblings from Louisiana to Tampa where he could come home after practice to make sure they had done their homework, cleaned their rooms and were fed well. This was hardly the ritzy lifestyle most NFL rookies experienced.

Humanitarian ventures

Dunn established the Warrick Dunn Foundation and the Homes for the Holidays program, which helps struggling single mothers purchase homes. The program buys homes through a down payment provided by Dunn, who also worked with area sponsors to furnish and outfit the homes. The program, as of 2004, has assisted roughly 45 single mothers and 120 children in Atlanta, Baton Rouge, and Tampa, Florida. Dunn's goal is help these mothers realize the dream that his mother was not able to give to him and his siblings, to own their own home. Dunn's achievements have been recognized over the years. He received a Giant Steps Award in civic leadership from former President Bill Clinton for his program. In 2005,Dunn was presented with the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award; named after the Chicago Bears running back who died in 1999, the award is the only NFL award that recognizes a player for his community service as well as for his excellence on the field. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Dunn challenged all NFL players, except for those who play for the New Orleans Saints, to donate at least $5,000 to the relief effort. Since forming his foundation, Dunn has received over $5,000,000 in contributions.

Other business ventures

Dunn created a music production company in Atlanta, where he has signed several acts. His only major rule is that the music is not allowed to glorify violence. He is also the owner to two sporting goods stores, one in Tallahassee, the other in Atlanta.

Scouting Report

Statistics

Rushing Stats

year team league games ATT YDS AVG TD LNG
1997 TAM NFL 16 224 978 4.4 4 76
1998 TAM NFL 16 245 1026 4.2 2 50
1999 TAM NFL 15 195 616 3.2 0 33
2000 TAM NFL 16 248 1133 4.6 8 70t
2001 TAM NFL 13 158 447 2.8 3 21t
2002 ATL NFL 15 230 927 4 7 59t
2003 ATL NFL 11 125 672 5.4 3 69t
2004 ATL NFL 16 265 1106 4.2 9 60
2005 ATL NFL 16 280 1416 5.1 3 65
2006 ATL NFL 16 286 1140 4 4 90
10 year NFL career 150 2256 9461 4.2 43 0

Receiving Stats

year team league games REC YDS AVG TD LNG
1997 TAM NFL 16 39 462 11.8 3 59t
1998 TAM NFL 16 44 344 7.8 0 31
1999 TAM NFL 15 64 589 9.2 2 68
2000 TAM NFL 16 44 422 9.6 1 45
2001 TAM NFL 13 68 557 8.2 3 31
2002 ATL NFL 15 50 377 7.5 2 31t
2003 ATL NFL 11 37 336 9.1 2 86t
2004 ATL NFL 16 29 294 10.1 0 59
2005 ATL NFL 16 29 220 7.6 1 24
2006 ATL NFL 16 22 170 7.7 1 18
10 year NFL career 150 426 3771 8.9 15 0

Kick Return Stats

year team league games RET YDS AVG LNG TD
1997 TAM NFL 16 6 129 21.5 30 0
1998 TAM NFL 16 1 25 25 25 0
1999 TAM NFL 15 8 156 19.5 34 0
2000 TAM NFL 16 0 0 0 0 0
2001 TAM NFL 13 0 0 0 0 0
2002 ATL NFL 15 0 0 0 0 0
2003 ATL NFL 11 0 0 0 0 0
2004 ATL NFL 16 0 0 0 0 0
2005 ATL NFL 16 0 0 0 0 0
2006 ATL NFL 16 0 0 0 0 0
10 year NFL career 150 15 310 20.7 0 0

Punt Return Stats

year team league games RET YDS AVG FC LNG TD
1997 TAM NFL 16 5 48 9.6 0 25 0
1998 TAM NFL 16 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 TAM NFL 15 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000 TAM NFL 16 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001 TAM NFL 13 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 ATL NFL 15 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 ATL NFL 11 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 ATL NFL 16 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 ATL NFL 16 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 ATL NFL 16 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 year NFL career 150 5 48 9.6 0 0 0

Fumble Recovery Stats

year team league games TOT OWR OPR YDS TD
1997 TAM NFL 16 4 4 0 0 0
1998 TAM NFL 16 1 1 0 0 0
1999 TAM NFL 15 3 1 0 0 0
2000 TAM NFL 16 1 0 0 0 0
2001 TAM NFL 13 2 0 0 0 0
2002 ATL NFL 15 4 1 0 0 0
2003 ATL NFL 11 2 1 0 0 0
2004 ATL NFL 16 3 1 0 0 0
2005 ATL NFL 16 3 0 0 0 0
2006 ATL NFL 16 1 0 0 0 0
10 year NFL career 150 24 9 0 0 0

Trivia

See also

Awards

  • Won the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1997

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