Tonight the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers will face-off in the NFL’s biggest game of the year, Super Bowl XLV. In celebration of the game, today we are featuring one of the NFL’s finest, Warrick Dunn.
In 1993, Warrick Dunn’s mother, Betty Ann Smothers, was an off-duty police officer escorting a businesswoman to a bank to make a night deposit, was ambushed and killed by armed robbers. Warrick, at age 18, became the head of the household and responsible for his younger siblings.
Warrick founded the Warrick Dunn Foundation to take his mom’s dreams and make them a reality for others. The work he has done through the organization resulted in Warrick being awarded the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2005 and Bart Starr Award in 2009. In 2008, Dunn’s book “Running for My Life” was released which chronicles his life on and off the football field, and talks extensively about grieving the loss of his mom.
As you are watching the game tonight, celebrate Warrick + his journey in celebrating the memory of his mom.