Even ten years after his retirement from the NFL, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Warrick Dunn remains a building block for the future.
The year is 2019, and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Warrick Dunn has been retired for ten years. Yet, all these years later, the three-time Pro Bowl running back is still making a difference in Tampa Bay.
According to UrbanIntellectuals.com, Dunn has given away 145 homes in Tampa Bay and Atlanta, making just as big of an impact for the city off-the-field as he did on it. While the article that was retweeted by former teammate and hall of famer Derrick Brooks is from 2015, it was a great reminder of the good work in the community that the players of this organization, past or present, do on a regular basis.
"“The former NFL superstar running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons channels his energy and passion into a way to honor his mother, Betty Smothers, who never had an opportunity to achieve her dream of home ownership.” (via Urban Intellectuals)"
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Checking on Dunn’s charity website, it looks like the former NFL star is up to 168 homes as well as over $815,000 in down payment assistance to get these individuals on sound financial footing. Dunn is boasting a 92% retention rate in the homes that he has provided, a staggeringly high percentage.
The primary focus for Dunn’s charity is to help out single parent families in need of assistance, and often times Dunn is that male role model that these families are left without. In addition to home furnishing and down payment assistance, Dunn’s charity also seeks to not only provide, but stabilize.
Dunn has also partnered with financial services who teach the families that he serves how to budget, invest, and save in order to build a bright future. He also helps deal with food insecurity by teaching families the importance of healthy eating and how to do so on a budget. Just icing on the cake at this point, Dunn’s charity also provides a $1,000 scholarship for low-income students who are active in their communities and looking for a way to pursue post-secondary education.
While Dunn’s time in the NFL ended over a decade ago, he continues to prove to be a cornerstone for the future, just in a different mold than he did as a player. A fan favorite during his time as a Buccaneer, Dunn continues to warm the hearts of Tampa Bay and Atlanta alike.