Dunn sees community efforts become reality

Most of the players you’ll find on Radio Row are here to promote one thing or another, or sometimes just themselves. It’s how the engine churns — give and take.

Most of them are here, in fact, for an excellent cause. At the top of that list is Warrick Dunn, who is here promoting his recently released book, as well as Home for the Holidays, a program from his foundation that recently presented its 84th home to a single mother of three in honor of Super Bowl XLIII.

On a day when the Walter Payton Man of the Year award finalists were announced — Matt Birk, Brian Dawkins and Kurt Warner — the topic has been on my conscience. Not to mention Payton’s daughter is doing a radio interview right now to our left. She gave a great speech this morning at the press conference.

Anyway, there are people who do good deeds, and then there’s a whole other level. That’s where Dunn fits in. He said seeing the results of what he and other NFL players do in their communities makes it real.

“You see it first-hand,” said Dunn. “People in my program, you see it. It’s real. The affect is five, 10 , 15 years down the road. It’s going to bring change, bring stability, bring hope give people a reason to keep going.”

Dunn wouldn’t say whether he’s ready to retire, saying he’ll take it year by year, but said he still has some ball in him and the game is still fun. It also sounded like he was a big fan of new coach Raheem Morris.

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