Warrick, legendary #28 at FSU
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A sparkling football career

College career, Florida State University, 1993 – 1997

Warrick signs on as a Florida State
Seminole in 1993
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 is the only Seminole to rush for over 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. He was a three time All-ACC selection.

Dunn's jersey, along with those of other Seminoles players such as Fred Biletnikoff, Ron Sellers, Ron Simmons, Charlie Ward, Deion Sanders, and Chris Weinke, has been retired by the university. His number, 28, may still be worn by Seminole players, but his jersey will be displayed in the Moore Athletic Center at FSU. He also won a National Championship in 1993 with Florida State. Dunn's number 28 is now worn by red-shirt sophomore Nigel Terrell.

Dunn was also an accomplished track and field star, named as an Associated Press All-American as a member of Florida State's Men's 4x100m relay team. Dunn competed on the Seminoles' Track & Field team as a sprinter during all four years he was enrolled at Florida State.

First stint with Buccaneers, 1997 – 2000

Dunn was selected in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft with the 12th overall pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In his rookie season Dunn made an immediate impact for the Buccaneers squad. As the year finished he was selected to the NFC Pro Bowl team and was named the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year. Dunn spent the first five years of his career in Tampa Bay where he was named to the Pro Bowl twice (1997, 2000).

Atlanta Falcons, 2002 – 2008

A free agent in the 2002 offseason, Dunn signed with the Atlanta Falcons. Once again, he made a positive impact on his team with 9 total TDs and in that year, he led the league with a 5.4 yards per carry average. Dunn scored the most rushing touchdowns in his career, 9, in the 2004 season despite splitting carries with T.J. Duckett, and also led the team in rushing with 1,106 yards.

Having led his team in rushing yards again in 2005, Dunn was named the NFC's Pro Bowl team, marking his third selection to the team. For his career, Dunn has only missed 10 games and has a total of 2,256 carries for 9,461 yards 43 touchdowns and a 4.2 average.

Dunn finished his first 10 seasons with over 1,000 combined rushing and receiving yards. During the 2007 season, with Falcons starting quarterback Byron Leftwich out with a high ankle sprain, Dunn served as the third string emergency quarterback behind Joey Harrington and Chris Redman, a position he played in high school. As of November 22, 2007 Dunn is one of only 10 running backs 5'11" and under to rush for 10,000 yards.

On March 3, 2008, the Falcons released Dunn per his request. This came a day after the Falcons signed former San Diego Chargers backup running back Michael Turner. On December 17, 2009, he became a minority owner of the Atlanta Falcons.

Second stint with Buccaneers, 2008 – 2009

On March 10, 2008, Dunn returned to the Buccaneers after signing a two-year, $6 million contract. In week 6 against the Carolina Panthers, Dunn had his first 100 yard game since re-joining the Buccaneers. Dunn was released by the Buccaneers on February 25, 2009.

Career stats

NFL career totals

  • 2,669 rushing attempts
  • 510 catches
  • 10,967 yards rushing, 19th all-time
  • 4,339 yards receiving
  • 64 total touchdowns
  • 15,306 yards from scrimmage,
    16th all-time
  • Warrick is one of 26 running backs in NFL history with 10,000+ yards

Catholic High School
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Senior Season

Played cornerback, quarterback,
and running back

  • 1,541  rushing yards on 155 carries
  • 121 touchdowns
  • Passed for 701 yards and four scores
  • Averaged 27.7 yards per kickoff return
  • 27 tackles
  • Three interceptions

Florida State University

  • Three-time first-team All-ACC performer as he became the first back in Florida State history to record three 1,000-yard rushing seasons
  • Finished as Seminoles’ career leader in rushing yards, gaining 3,959 yards to surpass Greg Allen’s 3,769 (1981-84)
  • Averaged 6.9 yards per carry as a collegian, a Seminole record and the top mark by a NCAA Division 1-A player (minimum 300 carries) in 50 years (Army's Glenn Davis, 8.3 avg., 1943-46)
  • Considered one of nation's top pass-catching backs, snaring 132 career receptions for 1,314 yards
  • Scored 47 touchdowns in four FSU seasons, 37 rushing and 10 receiving, to break Allen's previous school record of 46
  • Broke Allen's school mark for all-purpose yards (4,996) with a total of 5,321.
  • Secured 21 100-yard rushing games, the most in Seminole history.
  • Earned first-team All-America for the third consecutive year after rushing 189 times for 1,180 yards with 12 touchdowns and adding 30 catches for 355 yards with two touchdowns as a senior. Presented with the conference's Commissioner's Award for his efforts
  • Averaged 112.9 rushing yards per game en route to breaking school single-season records for rushing yards (1,242) and yards per carry (7.5) as a junior. Rushed 166 times and scored a career-best 13 touchdowns on the ground. Also broke Seminole season records for 100-yard rushing games (eight) and consecutive 100-yard games (six)

With a remarkable running style and dominating performance, Dunn is one of the most recognized names to wear the garnet and gold. Despite his modest size, Dunn’s athleticism, incomparable drive and personality convinced Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy to select him in the first round of the 1997 draft as the twelfth overall pick.

1997 Season
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Started 10 of 16 games as he led the team in both receptions and rushing. Gained 978 rushing yards on 224 carries (4.4 avg.) with four touchdowns and 462 receiving yards on 39 receptions with three touchdowns
  • Combined yardage total of 1,440 set a Buccaneer rookie record and was the fourth-highest single-season mark in team history
  • Earned Pro Bowl honors and was named NFL Rookie of the Year by Football News, Pro Football Weekly and Sports Illustrated. Also honored as designative Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press, Football Digest and College and Pro Football Newsweekly
  • Tied James Wilder (1984 and '85) and Ricky Bell (1979) for the team record of five 100-yard rushing performances
  • Earned NFC Offensive Rookie of the Month honors for September
  • Received NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors following the Week 2 contest at Detroit (9/7) in which he collected 130 yards on 24 carries (5.4 avg.)
  • Recorded consecutive 100-yard rushing performances with 101 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries (6.3 avg.) at Minnesota (9/14)
  • Caught six passes for 106 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown reception, vs. Miami (9/21)
  • Broke the 100-yard rushing mark for his third time of the season with 125 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries (7.8 avg.) at Green Bay (10/5)
  • Accounted for 169 total yards of offense behind a 120-yard rushing performance on 24 carries (5.0 avg.) at NY Giants (11/30)
  • Finished the season vs. Chicago (12/21) with 119 yards on 16 touches, including a 76-yard run in the third quarter
  • Led the team in rushing in both playoff contests, first with 72 yards on 18 carries vs. Detroit (12/28), then with 64 yards on 18 attempts at Green Bay (1/4).

1998 Season
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Started 14 of 16 games and led the team in rushing for the second consecutive season with 1,026 yards on 245 carries (4.2 avg.) with two touchdowns
  • Finished ninth in the NFC for rushing yardage and eighth in total yards from scrimmage (1,370) after catching 44 passes for 344 yards
  • Became the first primary rusher in team history to average over 4.0 yards per carry for two consecutive seasons
  • Registered 17 carries for 96 rushing yards (5.6 avg.) vs. Carolina (10/18)
  • Posted his first 100-yard game of the season vs. Minnesota (11/1), rushing for 115 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries (6.4). Joined up with FB Mike Alstott to become the first pair of backs in team history to have 100-yard outings in the same game
  • Recorded his second 100-yard rushing game in three weeks at Jacksonville (11/15), running for 107 yards on 16 carries (6.7 avg.)
  • Finished the season with 89 yards on 19 carries at Cincinnati (12/27) as he surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career.

1999 Season
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Started all 15 games played and rushed for 616 yards on 195 carries while recording 589 yards (9.2 avg.) on a team-high 64 receptions with two touchdowns
  • Missed one contest (ankle) vs. Minnesota (12/6)
  • Assumed kickoff return duties during Tampa Bay's playoff push, averaging 19.5 yards on eight returns
  • Rushed for a season-high 82 yards on 24 carries at Philadelphia (9/19)
  • Posted nine catches for 82 yards in a victory vs. Denver (9/26)
  • Tallied 11 receptions for 77 yards at Detroit (10/31)
  • Snagged six passes for 115 yards and one touchdown in a 23-16 win vs. Detroit (12/12). Turned a screen pass into a 68-yard jaunt, setting up Tampa Bay's first touchdown just before halftime.

2000 Season
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Played in 16 games with 14 starts, finishing the season with a career-high and team-best 1,133 rushing yards on 248 attempts (4.6 avg.) with eight touchdowns. Also ranked third on the team with 44 receptions for 422 yards (9.6 avg.) and one touchdown
  • Named to the Pro Bowl for the second time in his career
  • Gained 366 yards in the first half of the season, but more than doubled that output over the last eight games (767 yards). Averaged just under one rushing touchdown per game over that eight-game stretch after finding the end zone
  • Picked up rushing duties with FB Mike Alstott out with an injury and had 20 rushes for 106 yards (5.3 avg.) and two rushing touchdowns vs. Buffalo (11/26)
  • Topped the 100-yard rushing mark for the second consecutive week vs. Dallas (12/3) with a career-high 210 yards on 22 carries (9.5 avg.) and two touchdowns. The 210 yards surpassed his previous career-best of 130 yards rushing at Detroit (9/7/97) and ranked as the second-best single-game effort in Bucs history
  • Played a spectacular game on Monday Night vs. St. Louis (12/18), reaching the 1,000-yard mark for the second time in his career with 145 yards on 22 carries (6.6 avg.) and a career-high three touchdowns. Also had five receptions for 53 yards

2001 Season
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Played in 13 games with 12 starts and rushed for 447 yards on 158 carries with three touchdowns. Ranked second on the team with a career-high 68 catches for 557 yards and three scores
  • Did not play (foot/hamstring) vs. Philadelphia (9/16) vs. Green Bay (10/7) and vs. Minnesota (10/28). Played but did not start at Tennessee (10/14)
  • Recorded a career-high 12 receptions for 138 yards vs. Chicago (11/18). The 138 receiving yards was the best single-game total for a running back in team history
  • Posted nine receptions for 54 yards vs. Detroit (12/9)
  • Led the team with eight catches for 37 yards in the playoff game at Philadelphia (1/12/02)
  • Finished his career in Tampa Bay ranked second all-time with 4,200 career rushing yards and fifth on the Bucs all-time receptions list with 259 career catches for 2,384 yards. His 26 career touchdowns for the Bucs rank sixth all-time while his 17 rushing touchdowns are fifth

Dunn became an unrestricted free agent after his 2001 season with the Buccaneers and, after tough negotiations, he signed with the Atlanta Falcons on March 15, 2002.

2002 Season
Atlanta Falcons

  • Played and started in 15 games, totaling 927 yards on 230 carries (4.0 avg.) with seven touchdowns and a long run of 59t. Also caught 50 passes for 377 yards and two touchdowns
  • Totaled four 100-yard rushing games on the season
  • Rushed for a season-high 142 yards on 23 carries at New Orleans (10/27). It was the 11th 100-yard rushing game of his career. Also caught a team-leading five passes for 28 yards
  • Gained 129 yards rushing on 20 carries, including a 59-yard scoring run, and caught three passes for 14 yards at Pittsburgh (11/10). Scored on a 59-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, which was the longest touchdown run by a Falcons player since RB Bubba Bean scored a 60-yarder vs. Tampa Bay on November 4, 1979
  • Dressed but did not play (ankle) at Tampa Bay (12-8)
  • Returned to the starting lineup vs. Seattle (12/15) and rushed 20 times for 101 yards and caught six passes for 45 yards
  • Recorded a team-high 132 yards rushing on 30 carries (4.4 avg.) with one touchdown vs. Detroit (12/22). The 132 yards rushing marked his second consecutive 100-yard rushing game and his fourth of the season. The 30 rushing attempts were a career-high, besting the 28 attempts he had at Miami (12/10/00)
  • Started and led the team in rushing and receptions in two combined playoff games with 109 yards rushing and 10 catches.

2003 Season
Atlanta Falcons

  • Started six of 11 games played, totaling 672 rushing yards on 125 carries (5.4 avg.) and three rushing touchdowns with a long rush of 69t. Also caught 37 passes for 336 yards and three scores, including a team-high 86-yard touchdown catch
  • Named NFC Offensive Player of the Week by the NFL for his performance in a 27-7 victory at New York Giants (11/9) when he gained 178 yards on 25 rushes with one touchdown, which was the sixth-highest rushing total in a single game in Falcons history and the most since Jamal Anderson's 188 yards against St. Louis (11/29/98). It also marked the second most yards gained in a game to the 210 yards he had vs. Dallas (12/3/00) and the third NFC honor in his career
  • The following week at New Orleans (11/16/03) he rushed for 162 yards on 23 carries to total 340 yards in two consecutive games to set a new club mark, surpassing Jamal Anderson's 310 yards in back-to-back contests in 1998
  • Rushed six times for 82 yards vs. New Orleans (10/19), including a 69-yard touchdown run, which was the longest touchdown run in Falcons history and the second longest run from scrimmage ever by a Falcons player
  • Accounted for the Falcons longest play of the season with an 86-yard reception vs. Tennessee (11/23). The 86-yard catch represented a career-high and was tied for the fifth longest pass completion ever in team annals. Totaled 129 yards receiving on nine receptions for the fourth 100-yard receiving game of his career and his first as a Falcons player. Forced to leave the Tennessee game with a foot injury in the fourth quarter and was eventually placed on injured reserve on November 25. Underwent surgery on November 30 to correct foot injury.

2004 Season
Atlanta Falcons

  • Started all 16 games for the first time in his career, recording 265 carries for 1,106 yards (4.2 avg.) with nine rushing touchdowns in addition to 29 receptions for 294 yards. His 265 carries and nine touchdowns were both career-highs
  • Posted the third 1,000-yard season of his career (1998 and 2000) as he moved into fifth-place on the Falcons all-time rushing charts with 2,705 yards
  • Registered a postseason career-high with 142 rushing yards, including the longest postseason run in team history (62 yards), in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game vs. St. Louis (1/15/05)
  • Tallied 19 carries for 63 yards and two touchdowns at San Francisco (9/12).
  • Rushed 14 times for 43 yards and two touchdowns vs. St. Louis (9/19). It marked the fifth time in his career that he has rushed for two touchdowns in one game
  • Had 20 carries for 117 yards (5.9 avg.) with a season-long of 60 yards in addition to two receptions for 20 yards vs. Arizona (9/26)
  • Recorded 16 carries for 76 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown run, at Carolina (10/3)
  • Posted 18 carries for 44 yards with one touchdown and five receptions for 31 yards vs. Detroit (10/10)
  • Had two receptions for 72 yards and 11 carries for 49 yards at Kansas City (10/24)
  • Tallied 15 carries for 33 yards, including a five-yard touchdown run, at Denver (10/31)
  • Recorded 25 carries for 103 yards vs. Oakland (12/12)
  • Rushed 28 times for a season-high 134 yards and one touchdown vs. Carolina (12/18). The performance marked the fifth back-to-back 100+ game in his career
  • Caught a season-high six passes for 87 yards while rushing 18 times for 52 yards with one touchdown at New Orleans (12/26). The touchdown marked a career-high nine rushing scores on the season and his 59-yard catch was the second longest reception on the season
  • Had 25 carries for 132 yards and caught three passes for 19 yards at Seattle (1/2). It was his fourth 100-yard game of the season and the 20th of his career
  • Established a Falcons postseason record and career-high 142 rushing yards on 17 carries with two touchdowns in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game vs. St. Louis (1/15/05). His 62-yard touchdown was the longest rush and longest touchdown run in Falcons postseason history
  • Carried 15 times for 59 yards and one touchdown at Philadelphia (1/23/05) in the NFC Championship Game.
  • After six seasons with the Falcons, Warrick played his final NFL season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He became the 22nd player in NFL history to reach the 10,000 rushing yard and 4,000 receiving yard plateau.

Ratings, records, awards

  • Three-time Pro Bowl selection
  • Ranks 22nd on the NFL all-time rushing list, entering the 2007 season with 9,461 yards
  • Only one of four players to have eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards in each of the past three seasons
  • One of only four Falcons players to rush for over 1,400 yards in a single season
  • Dunn's 90-yard touchdown against the New York Giants in 2006 marked the longest in Falcon history
  • Dunn and teammate QB Michael Vick became the first running back/quarterback duo to each surpass 1,000 rushing yards in a single season, and only one of four teammates to accomplish the feat in NFL history, the last being in 1985
  • One of only five players in NFL history to have rushed for over 1,400 yards at the age of 30 or older
  • Has averaged 43 receptions per season in his 10 year career
  • Elusive, electrifying back who possesses exceptional game-breaking speed and quickness, serving as a double threat as both a runner and receiver
  • Reached the 1,000-yard rushing plateau for the third time in his career last season and just missed the mark in 2002 with 927 rushing yards
  • Tallied four 100-yard games in 2004 as he set a new career-high with nine rushing touchdowns
  • Combined for more than 1,000 yards from scrimmage in seven of eight NFL seasons
  • Moved into fifth-place on the Falcons all-time rushing charts with 2,705 yards
  • Recorded a post-season career high with 142 rushing yards in the Falcons 47-17 NFC Divisional Playoff Game vs. St. Louis (1/15/04)
  • Ranked second on the team with a 5.4 yard average (125 carries for 672 yards) in 2003 despite missing the final five games with a foot injury
  • Set a team record for the longest touchdown run in team history with a 69-yard jaunt vs. New Orleans (10/19/03) in addition to a career-long touchdown catch of 86 yards vs. Tennessee (11/23/03)
  • Tough, gritty performer who played through painful toe and hamstring injuries in 2001 with Tampa and still produced a career-high 68 receptions (fifth-best among all NFL runners) for 557 yards and three touchdowns as he finished strong in the final five games of the season, averaging 112 rushing per contest
  • Two-time Pro Bowl selection, 1997 and 2000
  • Averaged almost 50 receptions per season in his eight-year career
  • 1997 NFL Rookie of Year
  • 1997, 2000 and 2005 NFL Pro Bowl
  • 1996 Sporting News second team All-American
  • 1996 Football News second team All-American
  • 1996 Associated Press second team All-American
  • 1996 Football Writers Association, first team All-American
  • 1995 Associated Press All-American, honorable mention
  • 1995 Football News third team All-American
  • 1994 United Press International All-American, honorable mention
  • 1993 Football News second team freshman All-American
  • 1994 Sugar Bowl MVP
  • Jersey is the first to be retired by Florida State. His number (#28) may be worn in the future by FSU players, but his jersey will always be displayed in the Moore Athletic Center along with the five previously retired numbers
  • Selected to the first team Football Writers' All-American squad as a senior and second team Associated Press honors that same year