We hear often about athletes/celebrities and charities. Some are really for the better good and some are the Trump Foundation. Warrick Dunn, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons running back, thankfully falls into the really good person category.
For the last few weeks, on every NFL broadcast we’ve been told about each team’s Walter Payton Man Of The Year Award nominee. The honor is given out to the player that is the most charitable with both their money and their time and is one of the brightest spots for the NFL. Warrick Dunn was the 2004 recipient of the award, after establishing his Homes for the Holidays program. The program was started by Dunn in order to give single parent families, their first ever home. The charity works with Habitat for Humanity and has placed over 200 single parents since inception. One of those parents, was the mother of Deshaun Watson.
At 11 years old, Watson grabbed the keys to his own room, straight from Warrick Dunn and it was a moment that changed his life.
Via USA Today…”I felt grown having my own room,” Watson recalled Saturday. “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.”
The home and perhaps more importantly the refrigerator was fully furnished and stocked, and Watson and his three siblings were finally home. Watson has now joined in Dunn’s efforts in working with Habitat for Humanity, to try and reward other families like his.
Watson is now a National Champion, a surefire NFL draft pick and much of it is thanks to Dunn’s kindness. Watson’s mother’s reaction the day they received the home perfectly encapsulates the feeling.
“Everyone wants their own home,” she said. “We have something that is ours.”