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Dunn to become a minority owner of the Falcons

After leaving Tampa Bay for Atlanta as a free agent earlier this decade, running back Warrick Dunn returned to the Bucs in 2008.

Now, he’s heading back to Atlanta, albeit in a non-playing capacity.

The Falcons have announced that Dunn has agreed to become a minority owner of the team, and that NFL ownership approved the transaction on Wednesday at the league’s annual labor seminar in Dallas. 

The transaction is expected to be finalized by March 1.

Earlier this year, majority owner Arthur Blank sold minority shares of the team to Ronald
E. Canakaris, Douglas J. Hertz, Ed Mendel, and Derek V. Smith.  John P. Imlay, Jr., and John A. Williams also own a small portion of the franchise.

In a bad economy, shaving off small pieces of billion-dollar football operations can be a quick and easy way to raise cash.

As to Dunn, the move allows him to remain connected to the NFL.  And that’s a great thing for the NFL.  Dunn’s charitable efforts have made him one of the most respected pro football players of the past decade, and he always has demonstrated respect for everyone he encounters.
 

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20 Responses to “Dunn to become a minority owner of the Falcons”
  1. C. says: Dec 17, 2009 11:20 AM

    Great news about a great guy. Congrats to Warrick.

  2. bigtrav425 says: Dec 17, 2009 11:21 AM

    Class Act and solid football player. He was one of my my favorites ever! i have his FSU and Bucs Jersey. Good luck Warrick

  3. jwill007 says: Dec 17, 2009 11:21 AM

    Congrats Dunn!

  4. SkeeterK says: Dec 17, 2009 11:29 AM

    unintended double entrendre

  5. Teek says: Dec 17, 2009 11:29 AM

    I used to work with Warwick’s uncle, Jay. I really respect what he has been able to do on and off the football field. This is a logical next step.

  6. Quagmire says: Dec 17, 2009 11:29 AM

    Hell, for 20 million per year you could name the Dallas stadium “December Choker” stadium & Jerry will sell it to you.

  7. Favre On HGH says: Dec 17, 2009 11:29 AM

    Blank also runs Home Depot. While the economy has struggled their stock price has leveled out the past few years, although still way below where it was in 2005.
    President Obama was just there too.
    Maybe he is stockpiling a bit for the upcoming uncapped year.
    Good for Dunn, if anyone doesn’t know his story it is a good one.
    On January 7, 1993, Dunn’s mother Betty Smothers, an off-duty police officer escorting a businesswoman to a bank to make a night deposit, was ambushed and killed by armed robbers. Three men were sent to prison for the murder, and 2 remain on death row. Dunn, two days after his 18th birthday, became the head of his family and raised his siblings.
    Dunn enjoyed a successful college career at Florida State University, graduating in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in information studies. He holds several Florida State rushing records including the marks for most career rushing yards (3,959) and most rushing yards in a season (1,418) set in 1995.
    Dunn established the Warrick Dunn Foundation and the Homes for the Holidays program, which helps struggling single parents purchase homes. The program buys homes through a down payment provided by Dunn, who also worked with area sponsors to furnish and outfit the homes. The program, as of 2009, has assisted 86 single parents and 233 dependants in Atlanta, Baton Rouge, and Tampa, Florida. Dunn’s goal is help these parents realize the dream that his mother was not able to give to him and his siblings, to own their own home. Dunn’s achievements have been recognized over the years. He received a Giant Steps Award in civic leadership from former President Bill Clinton for his program. In 2005, Dunn was presented with the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award; named after the Chicago Bears running back who died in 1999, the award is the only NFL award that recognizes a player for his community service as well as for his excellence on the field. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Dunn challenged all NFL players, except for those who play for the New Orleans Saints, to donate at least $5,000 to the effort. The effort received over $5 million in contributions.

  8. leatherneck says: Dec 17, 2009 11:32 AM

    The deal is Dunn.
    The Atlanta Falcons and Warrick Dunn have made a good move here.

  9. FLPackerBacker says: Dec 17, 2009 11:32 AM

    Is there any other type of owner he could be?

  10. SteelCurtnDee says: Dec 17, 2009 11:38 AM

    Dunn should speak to rookies entering the league at that symposium or whatever we always hear about.
    He’s the kind of player, every person in the NFL should strive to be. Obviously he’s not just a good guy but also smart if he is still well enough off to buy part of a team.

  11. Cardsfan81 says: Dec 17, 2009 11:43 AM

    Dunn has always shown class and dignity on and off the playing field. This is a positive move by Blank and is consistent with his efforts to continue to reach out to the minorities in his community and his circle. Arthur Blank is special.
    Other NFL organizations should have been competing for Dunn’s “services”. Tampa Bay comes to my mind.

  12. Desertman says: Dec 17, 2009 11:44 AM

    Maybe the Glazers’ in Tampa can ‘raise some cash’ by selling some pieces

  13. scrapdawg12 says: Dec 17, 2009 12:03 PM

    Warrick Dunn was a great player and is even more of a great man. He has done so much for everyone. There should be more people out there like him

  14. 1stngoal says: Dec 17, 2009 12:08 PM

    Warrick Dunn is a great role model and ambassador for the game. Congratulations Mr. Dunn.

  15. texasPHINSfan says: Dec 17, 2009 12:16 PM

    “SkeeterK says:
    December 17, 2009 11:29 AM
    unintended double entrendre”
    Snicker. Seriously. “Minority” owner? Too easy to make fun of that one. Blank seems to be taking a page out of the Stephen Ross handbook. Good move. Dunn is a classy guy and a great ambassador. Glad to hear he’ll be staying visible in the NFL.

  16. TampaJoey says: Dec 17, 2009 12:59 PM

    Warrick Dunn is a great guy and will always be loved in Tampa.

  17. stnmmc says: Dec 17, 2009 1:13 PM

    # Teek says: December 17, 2009 11:29 AM
    I used to work with Warwick’s uncle, Jay. I really respect what he has been able to do on and off the football field. This is a logical next step.
    ____________________________________
    The only Warwick I know of is the guy who played the title role in Willow. Come to think of it, he and Warrick are about the same size.

  18. bearsrule says: Dec 17, 2009 1:29 PM

    Dunn is proof the a guy can score a TD and not automatically have to imitate Bojangles Robinson with a dance and a jig to celebrate. He was a real pro. Good for him and the Falcons.

  19. lskynard87 says: Dec 17, 2009 1:56 PM

    His book, “Running for my life” is a very good read.
    I always respected him as a player, but since reading his book, he is my second favorite person, behind Kurt Warner, for all he has endured and overcome.
    Other than Barry Sanders, he is the best under 5’10 runningback to play the game.

  20. chunky soupy sales says: Dec 17, 2009 5:37 PM

    @ Quagmire
    Jerry Jones must have seriously took your lunch money and roofed your frisby. In a thread about Warrick Dunn and the Falcons, Jerry and the Cowboys are all up in your head. Tsk tsk.
    But as to the thread, Warrick is one of the all time good guys in the NFL. He will definitely bring class to the franchise. Congrats Dunn and Falcons.

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