Warrick Dunn ran for 11,000 yards in his NFL career.

Even more impressive…

He’s now built 100s of homes for families in need: 🪡
1/ Warrick Dunn grew up the oldest of 6 siblings and was raised by his mom, Betty Smothers.

Betty worked two jobs to take care of her family — as a police officer and as a night-shift security guard.

In 1993, Betty was killed during a store robbery.

Warrick was 18.
2/ Warrick took over full-time parenting of his siblings.

He used the life insurance payout to buy them a home.

At the same time, he held scholarship offers to basically every school in the country to play football.

He chose Florida State to “fulfill his mother’s dream.”
3/ There, he established himself as one of the best running backs in the country.

• 3x All-ACC
• Most rushing yards in FSU history
• 5th in the Heisman race

In the offseason, Dunn drove home often to help his grandma take care of his siblings.
4/ Dunn went 12th overall in the 1997 NFL Draft to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tampa proved a perfect landing spot — keeping Warrick near his siblings and working for head coach Tony Dungy.

Dunn ran for almost 1000 yards as a rookie.
5/ Dunn had a stellar 12-year NFL career.

• Offensive Rookie of the Year
• 3x Pro Bowler
• 15,000+ total yards

He starred for both the Bucs and the Falcons, but made his biggest move off the field:
6/ As a 22-year-old, Dunn founded “Homes for the Holidays.”

Dungy encouraged the venture and Dunn dedicated the effort to his mother.

The non-profit’s purpose is to provide homeownership for single-parent families.

In months, Dunn helped 3 families finance and furnish homes.
7/ The impact of HFTH inspired Dunn to expand. He started:

• Count on Your Future
• Sculpt
• Hearts for Community Service Scholarship

Together with HFTH, these initiatives makeup Warrick Dunn Charities.
8/ Today, WDC provides:

• Home furnishing
• Down payment assistance
• Nutrition & wellness education
• Scholarships
• Financial literacy

It’s an incredible organization dedicated to improving the quality of lives for families academically, socially, and economically.
9/ Warrick Dunn raised his siblings, graduated college, starred in the NFL while starting a non-profit, and now runs that organization full-time.

He’s provided homes to 195 single-parent families.

92% of those families live in the homes today.
10/ This story struck me as perfect for Thanksgiving.

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