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Former Florida State football running back Warrick Dunn received plenty of accolades during his playing career. This week, Dunn learned that he wasn’t done with the recognitions.
Dunn was recognized with the Silver Anniversary Award. The honor recognizes athletes for their off-the-field contributions 25 years after the conclusion of their college athletic career. Dunn is the first former FSU athlete to receive the award.
A former Walter Payton Man of the Year recipient during his time in the NFL, Dunn runs Warrick Dunn Charities. The nonprofit’s signature accomplishment has been providing down-payments and furnishing homes for single parents.
Nearly 200 families have been aided through Dunn’s charity, per a release. The initiative was a way for Dunn to honor his late mother. Dunn’s mother, Berry Smothers, was a police officer in Louisiana, who was killed off-duty by two armed robbers.
Dunn played running back at FSU from 1993 to 1996, but also ran track. He left as the football program’s all-time leading rusher with 3,959 yards on the ground. Dunn was part of four ACC championship teams and FSU’s first national championship team in 1993.
Dunn’s 22 games with at least 100 yards rushing remains a school record. Selected in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft, Dunn spent 12 years in the league with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons.
Between the Lines for Jan. 12, 2022
No FSU athletic events.
On the Agenda for Jan. 13, 2022
Women’s basketball at No. 15 Georgia Tech, 8 p.m. ET (ACC Network)
Rolling News and Notes
Incoming FSU volleyball freshman Audrey Rothman has been selected as the Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year.
FSU hoops’ postponed contest against North Florida has been rescheduled for Jan. 20.
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