Deshaun Watson Was Raised In Ex-Bucs RB Warrick Dunn’s Home
Warrick Dunn ended his 12-year NFL career with several achievements.
Deshaun Watson Raised In Ex-Bucs RB Warrick Dunn’s Home
The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back retired with 10,967 rushing yards and 49 rushing touchdowns, as well as the NFL’s Rookie of the Year award and three Super Bowl appearances. Dunn is third on the Bucs’ all-time rushing list, behind James Wilder and Mike Alstott.
However, Dunn’s accomplishments aren’t just limited to on-field efforts.
While still active in the NFL, he established a foundation — Warrick Dunn Charities — aimed at providing affordable housing for families in need. After losing his mother, the sole provider of his family’s home, at the age of 18, Dunn pledged to help the needy find proper housing.
Throughout the years, Dunn has aided to fill more than 150 households. The 42-year-old former rusher has provided assistance such as furnishing homes for families.
“We just try to help put people in safer environments and give kids an opportunity,” Dunn told reporters. “You never know what impact you will have. You hope it’s a positive impact.”
Among the high-profile names Dunn has helped house is Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, who on Monday helped lead the Tigers to a 35-31 national championship victory over Alabama.
Watson, a runner-up to the Heisman Trophy, moved into his new home in Gainesville, Georgia in November 2006, and said he clearly remembers the emotional moment.
“I felt grown having my own room,” Watson said. “Just having my own bed, not really being squished, not really worrying about someone sneaking up on me, it was a great moment, a special moment.”
Watson is expected to be a top NFL draft pick in April.
Atlanta Falcons running back Warrick Dunn turns the corner during the second quarter 08/22/2003 at Pro Player Stadium. The Dolphins defeated the Falcons 30 – 21 in a pre-season game. (Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images)