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Warrick Dunn

The former NFL running back reflects on growing up with a single mother and how that shaped his charitable work

To many, Warrick Dunn, a running back from Louisiana who went on to be a star at Florida State and the NFL, showed grace and character during an impressive football career. But Dunn has truly proven himself a role model thanks to his charitable work, most notably the Warrick Dunn Charities Home for the Holidays program, which helps economically disadvantaged single parents achieve the dream of first-time homeownership.

The program was founded in honor of his late mother, Betty Smothers, a single parent and off-duty police officer killed in a botched robbery attempt when Dunn was a child. Curbed met with Dunn in Atlanta during the dedication of his latest home to talk about his work and reflect on his childhood.

For Home Sweet Home, Curbed talked to 30 engaging personalities across a range of industries to learn about where they grew up and what home means to them. Follow Warrick Dunn on Twitter.

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