Heisman Humanitarian Award

Warrick Dunn

Warrick Dunn was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12th overall in the 1997 NFL Draft, after playing college football at Florida State. Dunn was named AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1997 and earned three Pro Bowl selections in his career. He played for the Atlanta Falcons from 2002 to 2007 between stints in Tampa Bay. After his career, Dunn took a stake in the Falcons’ ownership group led by Arthur Blank and is a minority owner of the team.

During his 1997 rookie season, Dunn started Homes for the Holidays to share his mother’s dream of owning a home with other single parents. Although his mother did not live to see her dream fulfilled, Dunn has been able to award more than $2 million in furnishings and $500,000 in down payment assistance to over 100 single parents and over 250 children and dependents.

Dunn expanded his efforts with the creation in 2002 of the Warrick Dunn Family Foundation. Dunn draws on life lessons and experiences from his own life and applies them to the Family Foundation’s mission of providing additional programs and support to single-parent families and the community.

His organization is now known as Warrick Dunn Charities. Click here for more information.