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Dunn formally rejoins Falcons, as part owner

PH2005122201707.jpgIn December, the Falcons announced that former NFL running back Warrick Dunn had agreed to buy a small piece of the team, and that the other owners had approved the transaction.

Today, the Falcons announced that it’s official.

“During his tenure with the Falcons and throughout his NFL career, Warrick represented the highest of NFL standards on and off the field,” owner Arthur Blank said in a team-issued release.  “Warrick has a special affinity for the Falcons, as we do for him, and we are very happy he will be back in the Falcons family representing our club as a limited partner.”

“This opportunity fulfills one of my professional goals to expand my knowledge and experience in the area of NFL team management, branding and operations,” Dunn said.  “I am excited to be back as part of the Falcons team and, in particular, to work with Mr. Blank.”

Dunn is one of seven limited partners.  Blank owns more than 90 percent of the team.

Dunn split his 12-year career between the Buccaneers and the Falcons, with five years in Tampa followed by six in Atlanta and then one last season in Tampa.  He was the 2004 Walter Payton Man of the Year, an award that deserves far more attention for its recipients than it seems to get.

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18 Responses to “Dunn formally rejoins Falcons, as part owner”
  1. Chapnasty2 says: Mar 5, 2010 2:02 PM

    Young athletes take note of how to be a professional and then secure wealth and fincancial stability for life. Not like Vick.

  2. dietrich43 says: Mar 5, 2010 2:03 PM

    The world could use more men like Warrick Dunn.

  3. pfii63 says: Mar 5, 2010 2:03 PM

    Congratulations Warrick… this is great news for a former player who epitomizes what a role model should be.

  4. WASABUC says: Mar 5, 2010 2:06 PM

    Mr. Blank, do you have enough left to buy the Bucs? Please.

  5. GiantsDefenseRules says: Mar 5, 2010 2:09 PM

    100% class act!!! Nice to see him protect his earning long enough to continue to contribute to the sport.
    He is the type of person that all incoming athletes should aspire to be like!!!

  6. Bitchplease says: Mar 5, 2010 2:12 PM

    Not a falcons fan, but Dunn is truly one of the good guys in the NFL. Good for you Warrick.

  7. jwill007 says: Mar 5, 2010 2:13 PM

    Class act and I use him often as a role model for my Son! DO YA THING DUNN!

  8. cheesesteak says: Mar 5, 2010 2:18 PM

    We shouldn’t be surprised this is one of the classiest guys the NFL has put out. It just goes to show that humble beginnings don’t dictate the outcome but faithfulness is evidence of the heart of this man…thats where it’s at!
    Warrick is one guy that made the NFL a better place and now will re-enter and make the boardrooms of the NFL a better place.

  9. finsbooyah says: Mar 5, 2010 2:22 PM

    Congrats Warrick…
    This should be a message to all the young, rich NFL players… Look what you can do if you don’t spend all your time “makin’ it rain”

  10. mrqtte says: Mar 5, 2010 2:24 PM

    Good for Dunn! Arthur Blank has done nothing for the city of Atlanta. And…he wants the taxpayers to help in part to approve financing for his new stadium. Screw him and his fancy overpriced home on W. Paces Ferry!

  11. Big Stretch says: Mar 5, 2010 2:27 PM

    Warrick Dunn is one of the most admirable people to ever be in the NFL, and he was a pretty damn good player as well.

  12. SixburghDynasty says: Mar 5, 2010 2:28 PM

    Congrats Warrick. One of the best people in the NFL bar none. The guy is the definition of class.

  13. Warpig33 says: Mar 5, 2010 2:52 PM

    I love Dunn. As a Seminoles fan I loved watching him play and always admired him. He is very involved in charity work and has always done right by his mom’s spirit (who was a police officer killed while on duty by a drug dealer). I still have the Sports Illustrated magazine with him on the cover while at FSU. Congrats Warrick…you’ve done your mom, and a lot of us fans proud.

  14. Ilovefoolsball says: Mar 5, 2010 3:01 PM

    # Chapnasty2 says: March 5, 2010 2:02 PM
    Young athletes take note of how to be a professional and then secure wealth and fincancial stability for life. Not like Vick.
    _____________________
    very true Chap, the funny thing is if you go to Atlanta you’ll find more people still wearing that mediocre QB Vick’s jersey than Dunn’s. They’re mostly disgruntled african-americans who believe that Vick did nothing wrong and it was just the man trying to shut a rich black brother down.
    Warrick Dunn is a true role model.

  15. ArtieLange says: Mar 5, 2010 3:09 PM

    Im proud to have this guy back in ATL.
    CLass act.

  16. Mooch says: Mar 5, 2010 3:13 PM

    Is there anything not to like about this guy?
    What a great story.

  17. AllThat says: Mar 5, 2010 3:14 PM

    Congrats Warrick. No more covers of Cat Fancy though Ok?
    Great guy.

  18. Drew Breeeees says: Mar 5, 2010 4:35 PM

    @Warpig33
    I love Dunn. As a Seminoles fan I loved watching him play and always admired him. He is very involved in charity work and has always done right by his mom’s spirit (who was a police officer killed while on duty by a drug dealer).
    I live in Baton Rouge. Corporal Betty Smothers (Dunn’s mom) was making an off-duty deposit while moon lighting as security for a grocery store. She was gunned down during a robbery while making a bank deposit. Kevin Brumfield is on death row, Henri Broadway is doing life and ..i don’t remember the other killers names…..still very tragic.
    LSU was down in those years under Curley Hallman…who only got the job because Favre was his QB when USM beat a couple of SEC teams. Curley grew up in Tuscaloosa but played at Texas A&M….terrible DB and worse coach. Warrick did well in playing for Coach Bowden and is one of the best finest people in sports. Saints fans hate the Falcons (not as much as VIKES/PACKERS hate each other), but Baton Rouge is very proud of Warrick Dunn…..and he has served his mother’s memory remarkably well.

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