COVID changed all that, At least four dead in Pakistan school attack, Classic Spy Photos Of The Week: Aborted Acura NSX With V10 Engine, Antonio Brown's return is particularly appalling because of the coach who's signing him, three police officers being shot and killed. The move to add minority owners is part of a league-wide trend of increasing their ownership partners. He won a national championship as a sprinter in 1993. They have a lot of that demographic, so I think it's important they really go after the issues and not necessarily things that are financial.". He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12th overall in the 1997 NFL Draft, after playing college football at Florida State.Dunn was named AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1997 and earned three Pro Bowl selections in his career. It hit incredibly close to home more than 20 years ago, just as the tragedy there this weekend rocked his hometown. Dunn casts no judgments and calls for action over words, which is something to applaud — especially as we dawn on what could be a nasty political realm with a presidential election looming. We have issues with that. Falcons legend Warrick Dunn tells FOX 5's Kelly Price and FOX 5 Falcons analyst Harry Douglas about being a minority owner of the team. Blank bought the Falcons for $545 million in 2002. Rise Up Tonight - In the Nest wih Warrick Dunn. Dunn said he also respects police. Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. A small donation would help us keep this accessible to all. March 27 (UPI) -- Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank sold a 10 percent share of the NFL franchise to two current limited partners and a new limited partner. To date, only one family has lost their home in the 20 years since he started the charity. Get all the sports news you need, direct to your inbox. David Tepper purchased the Panthers for about $2.2 billion last July. The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back and current minority owner of the Atlanta Falcons watched this weekend. An image of Kaepernick was used with the phrase, “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.”. “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.”. Eric Boynton, “Former NFL star Warrick Dunn furnishes Spartanburg family’s Habitat for Humanity Home,”, August 4, 2020,; Doug Farrar, “Deshaun Watson vows to help Houston families evicted due to COVID19,”, September 4, 2020,; Greg Garber, “Dunn finds closure after tragedy”,, January 25, 2009, All rights reserved. Forego a bottle of soda and donate its cost to us for the information you just learned, and feel good about helping to make it available to everyone! The transaction is estimated to be worth $300 million of the franchise's worth, which has a projected value of $3 billion. 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He was released on February 25, 2009, and he retired from the NFL as 14th all-time in all-purpose yards and 19th in rushing yards. Warrick signed with the Falcons in 2002 after five seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He attended Catholic High in Baton Rouge and played on the football team as a quarterback, cornerback, and running back. He issued a statement to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (you can read the full statement here) asking for a stop to the violence that has plagued the country in recent weeks and months. He played another season with the Buccaneers before retiring. 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Dunn was awarded the 2009 Bart Starr Award, and a Jefferson Award for Outstanding Athlete in Service and Philanthropy in 2011. I looked up the definition of patriotism and it’s about love for or to defend your country. Mendel is co-founder of a finance strategy research firm, and the brokerage Davis, Mendel & Regenstein, Inc. "It’s a moral decision. “I am excited to be back as part of the Falcons team and, in particular, to work with Mr. Kestenbaum was a bidder for the Carolina Panthers last season after former owner Jerry Richardson put the team up for sale. Dunn lost his mother, Baton Rouge police officer Betty Smothers, who was killed there in 1993 in a robbery attempt. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. On December 17, 2009, Dunn became a minority owner of the Atlanta Falcons. He is also the president of The Mendel Foundation. "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 in a statement. He received over $5 million dollars in contributions and received a Giant Steps Award in civic leadership from former President Bill Clinton and was also presented with the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award by the NFL. Neither side would say what percentage of shares were purchased or the amount paid, citing the respective private agreements.