June 28, 2005
On Monday, June 27th, former Seminole tailback Warrick Dunn, of the Atlanta Falcons, was named the 2005 No. 1 Good Guy in pro sports by The Sporting News. It’s the second such award Dunn has received this year as in February he was recognized by the NFL with the Walter Payton Man of the Year award for his efforts to help those less fortunate.
A standout tailback for Florida State from 1993-96, Dunn, who is FSU’s all-time rushing leader with 3,959 yards, started a foundation to help single mothers soon after he entered the NFL. Through his “Homes for the Holidays” program, the Warrick Dunn Foundation has secured new homes for more than 50 single mothers in Dunn’s hometown of Baton Rouge, La., as well as Tampa Bay and Atlanta, the two cities in which he has played professional football.
Dunn, who was a member of the 1993 National Championship team, is a 2002 inductee of the Florida State Athletics Hall of Fame and still holds several FSU football rushing records. He now joins former Seminole Derrick Brooks, who was No. 1 on the The Sporting News’ 2000 Good Guy Award’s list. The award was created seven years ago by Paul Attner, a senior writer for the magazine.