Warrick Dunn, the 2010 Heisman Humanitarian recipient who was fifth in the 1996 Heisman Trophy balloting, was recently named a 2022 Georgia Sports Hall of Fame inductee.
Dunn will be inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame during its induction festivities the weekend of Feb. 18-19.
He is receiving the distinguished recognition thanks to his long and successful tenure time with the Atlanta Falcons, where he played six seasons, and for many charity-minded contributions he’s made along the way.
As a Falcon (2002-07), Dunn rushed for 5,981 yards and 30 touchdowns in 83 starts and 90 games. He also caught 204 passes with Atlanta for 1,635 yards and six touchdowns. Overall in his career, which included six seasons with Tampa Bay, he rushed for 10,967 yards —23rd all-time in the NFL – and scored 49 TDs on the ground.
At Florida State, Dunn, rushed for over 1,000 yards in his final three seasons – including 1,180 as a senior when he was fifth in the Heisman voting – and was a three-time All-ACC first-team selection, helping the Seminoles to a national title as a 1993 freshman.
He was named the 2004 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year following his work through the Warrick Dunn Charities. That included his program called “Home for the Holidays” — started during his 1997 rookie season which helps single mothers become first-time home buyers.
Dunn’s passion for community service made him a model for the Heisman Humanitarian as well.
Created in 2002, Dunn’s foundation provides financial literacy and new homeowner support, post-secondary education scholarships and wellness and other resources for parents and children. There are also efforts to address food-insecurity and nutrition amongst low to moderate-income families.
Dunn’s “Home for the Holidays,” has helped provide almost 200 furnished houses in 25 markets with almost a million dollars in downpayment assistance.
In 2019, Sports Illustrated honored Dunn with its Muhammad Ali Legacy Award in honor of his decades-long philanthropic work.