Former Florida State running back and legend Warrick Dunn was not only a great football player, but is also one of the good guys off the field. While his ACC record of 6.9 rushing yards per attempts in a career is pretty impressive, it’s really his work in the NFL and football community that has made the biggest impact.
For his work with the game of football, Dunn is being given the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s 2016 “Man of the Year” award. Here’s how the award is described and the criteria for winning it:
The Walter Camp “Man of the Year” award honors an individual who has been closely associated with the game of football as a player, coach or close attendant to the game. He must have attained a measure of success and been a leader in his chosen profession. He must have contributed to the public service for the benefit of his community, country and his fellow man. He must have an impeccable reputation for integrity and must be dedicated to our American Heritage and the philosophy of Walter Camp.
The list of former winners includes the likes of Roger Staubach, Gale Sayers, John Elway, Dick Butkus, Jerome Bettis and fellow FSU alum Fred Biletnikoff. Dunn was named a three-time All-ACC player and set rushing records for a season and career by the time he left to go pro.
He spent 12 seasons in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons where he amassed almost 11,000 rushing yards and 64 total touchdowns.Dunn also earned the Walter Peyton Man of the Year Award in 2004 when he playing so you could say the tradition lives on.
In 1997, he established Homes for the Holidays, which rewards single-parent families for reaching first-time home ownership. In 2002, he started the Warrick Dunn Charities, which strives to improve lives through innovative ways. In 2007, Dunn was a founding member of Athletes for Hope, which is designed to help professional athletes develop their passion for philanthropy.