Visiting The Troops

<b>Warrick Dunn's</b> four-year career at Florida Sate (1993-96) established him as one of the most popular players in college football and the finest running back in Seminole history. He has also made an impact on and off the field in the NFL. So it should come as no surprise that Dunn is currently at at Wiesbaden Army Airfield in Wiesbaden, Germany, visiting military personnel and their families currently serving the United States in various capacities around the globe.

Warrick Dunn was one of the most popular and productive players in Florida State history.

Dunn, entering his eighth season in the NFL -- and his third with the Atlanta Falcons -- is the only Seminole to rush for more than 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons.

His 3,959 career rushing yards broke Greg Allen's school record set in 1984. Dunn also broke Allen's single season rushing record when he ran for 1,242 yards as a junior in 1995.

And, of course, he helped FSU win its first national championship during his freshman season in 1993.

Dunn also has made an impact off the field.

Dunn is currently at Wiesbaden Army Airfield in Wiesbaden, Germany, visiting military personnel and their families currently serving the United States in various capacities around the globe. He joined Atlanta teammate Keith Brooking and Baltimore Ravens tight end Todd Heap for the journey.

"Each person serving our country is performing a tremendous service," Dunn told NFL News.

"It's a terrific feeling to be able to say thank you to so many people and let them know how much their contributions are appreciated."

Dunn, of course, also brought his nationally renowned community project, "Homes for the Holidays" to Atlanta.

The program has helped low-income families in Atlanta, Tampa and and his hometown of Baton Rouge buy homes through a down payment provided by Dunn, who also worked with area sponsors to furnish and outfit the homes.

Since launching the program in 1997, Dunn has enabled 39 mothers with 99 dependents realize their lifelong dreams. Warrick's motivation for the program stems the memory of his mother, Betty Smothers, who was a Baton Rouge police officer and single parent. She was killed during a robbery in 1993 while working a second job as a security officer. She died before her dream of buying her own home was achieved.

Warrick received a Giant Steps Award in civic leadership from former President Bill Clinton for his program. He was also honored with an "Oprah's Angel" by Oprah Winfrey on her show in spring of 2002 for his work on "Homes for the Holidays."

At FSU, Dunn's jersey was the first to be retired by Florida State.

His jersey No. 28 may be worn by an FSU player, but his jersey is on display with other retired FSU jerseys -- Fred Biletnikoff, Ron Sellers, Ron Simmons, Deion Sanders and Chris Weinke.

Dunn has 5,799 career rushing yards in the NFL with 27 touchdowns.


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