July 25, 2001
The Sporting News recently published its third annual list of “Good Guys,” signifying professional athletes who care and two Seminole greats were recognized for their efforts in the community. Derrick Brooks and Warrick Dunn of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were among 98 athletes listed by the publication. The San Antonio Spurs’ David Robinson and the Washington Redskins’ Darrell Green shared top honors in 1999, Brooks was voted the No. 1 Good Guy in 2000 with the Philadelphia 76ers’ Dikembe Mutombo checking in at No. 1 this year.
Brooks, a consensus All-America linebacker at Florida State in 1993 and 1994, continued his program in which students earn spots on a trip by attending special classes and writing an essay. This year, Brooks escorted 20 children from local boys and girls clubs on a trip through the western United States. They visited historic sites and fun places like a dude ranch. Brooks has organized previous trips to South Africa, Atlanta and Washington, D.C.
Dunn, FSU’s all-time leading rusher and a 1996 All-American, was honored for his “Homes for the Holidays” program. Dunn supplies down payments for new homes for low-income buyers and also fills them with furniture, appliances, food for a holiday dinner along with Christmas decorations and a tree. The program has benefited 22 single mothers and 66 children in Baton Rouge and Tampa.
Brooks and Dunn are two of only seven Seminoles to have their jersey numbers retired.