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Warrick Dunn

When it comes to giving back to the community, Warrick Dunn is a first-ballot hall of famer. The former running back who had his number retired at Florida State and played in the NFL for 12 years, has impacted countless number of lives through his “Homes for the Holidays” program which he started in 1997. The program, in honor of his mother, a police officer killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1993, helps single-parent families find affordable housing in time for Christmas. Dunn donates the down payment for a fully furnished home and has helped more than a 150 single-parent families experience the American Dream. One of the people Dunn helped is Deshaun Watson—yes, THAT Deshaun Watson, the all-america quarterback of the Clemson Tiger. In 2006, Watson and his family were living just outside Atlanta when they received assistance from Dunn to move into their new home. “I felt grown having my own room,” Watson told the Associated Press recently. Just having my own bed, not really being squished, not really worrying about someone sneaking up on me, it was a great moment, a special moment.” Watson has gone on to produce a lot of special moments on the football, becoming a Heisman Trophy finalist while leading the Clemson Tigers to the national championship game in 2016. As for Dunn, he’s gearing up to gift another home to a single-parent family in time for Christmas. Who knows, maybe he’ll help another kid become a star on the football field. For more on Dunn and his foundation, please check out www.wdc.org