Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Warrick Dunn wins Bart Starr Award

Buccaneers running back Warrick Dunn, right, receives the Bart Starr Award from the award’s namesake at the Athletes In Action Super Bowl Breakfast at the USF Sun Dome.

EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN | Times

Buccaneers running back Warrick Dunn, right, receives the Bart Starr Award from the award’s namesake at the Athletes In Action Super Bowl Breakfast at the USF Sun Dome.

TAMPA — Bucs running back Warrick Dunn won the prestigious Bart Starr Award, which honors players who make a difference through community service, at Saturday's annual Athletes in Action Super Bowl Breakfast.

Dunn was lauded for his Warrick Dunn Foundation Homes for the Holidays program, which offers down payments and furnishing to single parents. It has provided 84 homes, the latest being awarded Tuesday in Tampa.

Dunn, 34, took the microphone and thanked God, his late mother and Tampa.

"You guys really supported me when I came here as a rookie (in 1997) and really throughout my whole career," he said.

Dunn played for the Bucs for five years before going to Atlanta. He returned to the Bucs in 2008.

Speaking to about 7,000 people at the sold-out Sun Dome, he said his mother was the inspiration behind his efforts to help single parents become first-time home buyers.

"My mom's dream was to own her own home, and she never had the opportunity," he said.

Dunn's mother, a Baton Rouge police officer, was shot and killed in 1993, when Dunn was a high school senior.

He also talked about visiting the prison where his mother's killer waits out his sentence on death row.

"I told him, 'I forgive you,' " Dunn said.

Dunn also donates time and resources to Athletes for Hope, Boy Scouts and Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

He was up against some tough competition for the award, named for the former Green Bay Packers quarterback, coach and Hall of Famer.

The two other finalists — quarterbacks Kurt Warner of the Arizona Cardinals and Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints — also started their own foundations.

But Bucs fans in the audience were happy to have one of their own carry off the award, and they gave him two standing ovations.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Warrick Dunn wins Bart Starr Award 01/31/09 [Last modified: Sunday, February 1, 2009 8:23am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. HomeTeam 100: Players 61-70

    Footballpreps

    Jefferson wide receiver Dontavius Smith during the game between Jefferson High School and Jesuit High School at Jesuit on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, in Tampa, Fla.
  2. A second chance at life, away from the game he loved

    The Heater

    Dylan Delso, a catcher for the Tampa Bay Rays' Gulf Coast League team, displays his scar at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla., on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. On June 25, 2016 Delso fell backward down a flight of stairs, suffering a nearly fatal head injury that put him in a coma for eight days. He's finally back on the baseball field after a miraculous recovery.
  3. Rays morning after: Steven Souza Jr.'s status is a major concern

    Blogs

    The Rays will know more about the status of RF Steven Souza Jr. later today after reviewing results of a scheduled MRI and exam of the left hip he strained in Wednesday's game on an awkward slide into second.

    Steven Souza Jr. strained his left hip in Wednesday's game on an awkward slide into second.
  4. Lightning's Ondrej Palat happy with new deal, new talent

    Lightning Strikes

    Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) works to play the puck against the Winnipeg Jets during first period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Tuesday evening (01/03/17).
  5. 2008 playoff thoughts in bloom for Rays; Souza injury not expected serious in loss to A's

    The Heater

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Before the 7-2 loss to the A's and Steven Souza Jr.'s hip injury, or at least scare, Wednesday started with good vibes in the Rays' clubhouse.

    Rays rightfielder Steven Souza Jr. hurts his hip after an awkward slide into second base during the first inning.