Warrick Dunn And DeShaun WatsonJanuary 10th, 2017
Joe isn’t sure there is one human being that doesn’t like Warrick Dunn.
Not only is the former Bucs stud running back loved by Bucs fans for his awesome play on the field, he may be forever remembered for what he has done off the field to enrich lives.
Dunn, who is now a part owner of the Dixie Chicks, started a foundation when he was drafted by the Bucs to give away homes to needy single-parent families, specifically a mother-led family.
Part of the genesis of the charity was that Dunn grew up with just a mother as head of the household and struggled after she was gunned down while working a second job as a security officer for a bank. Dunn’s mother’s primary job was as a Baton Rouge, La. police officer.
To this day, Dunn continues to give away houses to deserving families. As of last year, he had donated 150 homes to families in the Tampa Bay area, Atlanta, Tallahassee and Baton Rouge. Some 10 years ago, per David Hale of ESPN.com, Dunn’s charity gave away a home to a family of four in Gainesville, Ga. Included in that family was an 11-year old boy who like just about every American youngster, wanted to grow up to be a football player.
Last night at the Den of Depression, that same young man threw the national championship-winning pass as Clemson beat Alabama for the national title.
That young man’s name is Deshaun Watson, likely the top quarterback in this spring’s draft.
Who knows what would have happened to young Watson had a generous man like Dunn not given his family a safe and secure home for him to grow up in?
had this on my camera roll… here’s Warrick at the presentation of Deshaun’s H4H home. Deshaun in black sweatshirt. pic.twitter.com/lIXqKovRr1
— David Hale (@DavidHaleESPN) December 14, 2016