25 Jun 2012

CHS Congratulates Warrick Dunn on LA Hall of Fame Induction

Catholic High Alumnus Warrick Dunn í´93 was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at the Natchitoches Events Center in Natchitoches, LA.

Former Florida State University Head Coach Bobby Bowden was in attendance and introduced Dunn at his induction where he was recognized for his many accomplishments on and off the field. 

While at Catholic High, Dunn played quarterback, running back and corner back for the Bears.  He went on to help lead the Florida State Seminoles to a national title in 1993.   His career at FSU included 3,959 rushing yards and 37 touchdowns and 1,314 receiving yards and 12 scores.  Dunn was a second team All-American in 1996 and an All-American on the 4×100 meter relay team at FSU.

Dunn was a first round pick in the 1997 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  During his pro career with the Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons he was a five-time 1,000 yard rusher and went on to rush for 10, 967 career yards  – which was 19th on the NFLí´s all-time list as of the 2011 season.  Dunn amassed a total of 49 touchdowns and a long run of 90 yards in the pros. 

Off the field, Dunní´s accomplishments are just as impressive.  To honor his mother Betty Smothers, a Baton Rouge police officer who was killed in the line of duty in 1993, he created the Warrick Dunn Family Foundation and Homes for the Holidays.  Through these foundations, Dunn has helped 116 single mothers purchase homes in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Tampa, Atlanta and Tallahassee. 

In addition to Dunn, the honorees for the 2012 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction were Roger Carr, Eddy Furniss, Mark Guidry, Aaron James, Deuce McAllister, Pete Richardson and Terry Robiskie.