Buccaneers great Warrick Dunn coached by Bobby Bowden
It still stings that Dunn didn’t finish his career with the Bucs. The dynamic between Dunn and players like Mike Alstott left an impact on the run game for the Buccaneers that will be impossible to replicate.
Dunn, much like Brooks and Jackson, was a standout at FSU. As an excellent rusher and receiver during his final three years under Bowden, everyone knew Dunn was a lock for success in the NFL from the start.
From the moment he arrived in Tampa, Dunn was a fit in both the offense and the culture of the team. Even though he was only with the team for five seasons, Dunn remains one of the best running backs in franchise history.
The fact that Dunn was able to join the Bucs and immediately find success speaks volumes about how Bowden was able to properly prepare his players for the NFL while they were at FSU. It may not feel like it now, but back then, taking a player from Florida State in the draft was as close to a sure thing as you could get.
Dunn’s career with the Bucs was short in the grand scheme of things, but the benefits from this time are just one of the many roots that Bowden planted in the NFL and in the Buccaneer franchise.
The football world lost a great man today.