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Warrick Dunn now part owner of Falcons

Atlanta Business Chronicle

A former Atlanta Falcons star has become part owner of the team.

Warrick Dunn, a standout running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons, has taken a minority ownership stake in Atlanta Falcons Football Club LLC, Atlanta Falcons Owner and CEO Arthur M. Blank said Thursday.

Financial terms were not disclosed. The purchase by Dunn is expected to be completed by March 1, 2010.

“During his tenure with the Falcons and throughout his NFL career, Warrick represented the highest of NFL standards on and off the field,” Blank said, in a statement. “Warrick has a special affinity for the Falcons, as we do for him, and we are very happy he will be back in the Falcons family representing our club as a limited partner.”

Baton Rouge, La.-born Dunn joined the NFL in 1997 as the first-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He signed with the Falcons in 2002 after playing five seasons with the Buccaneers. In 2007, Dunn became the 22nd player in NFL history to reach 10,000 career rushing yards and the seventh player in league history to reach the 10,000 rushing yard and 4,000 receiving yard plateau. After six seasons with the Falcons, Dunn played his final NFL season with the Buccaneers in 2008.

Dunn is also highly regarded for his work in the community. Since 1997, through his Homes for the Holidays program, Dunn has assisted 91 single parents and their children or dependents in achieving first-time home ownership. In 2002, he established the Warrick Dunn Foundation, which expanded upon his dedication to providing opportunities for economically-disadvantaged single parents and children. Dunn is also a co-founder of Athletes for Hope, a non-profit organization that helps professional athletes develop their passion for philanthropy.

Dunn has received numerous honors in recognition of his NFL work on and off the field, including receiving the 2009 Bart Starr Award, and being named the 2004 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year and 1997 NFL Rookie of the Year.

Other limited partners of the Falcons are Ronald E. Canakaris, chairman and CEO of Montag & Caldwell; Douglas J. Hertz, president and CEO of United Distributors; John P. Imlay Jr., chairman of Imlay Investments Inc.; Ed Mendel, co-founder of the Ned Davis Research Group, and Davis, Mendel & Regenstein Inc.; Derek V. Smith, chairman and CEO of the Institute of Global Prescience; and John A. Williams, CEO of Williams Realty Advisors LLC.

Blank continues to hold more than 90 percent of the ownership interest in the team.

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Great to have Dunn back. I was sad he didnt finish his career out with us. Either way, great to have him back in our community. He does a lot of charity work.

Agreed.

It's great to have Dunn back.

You know Arthur LOVED him and what he did for the community. I'm glad he's back with us in some capacity.

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Warrick Dunn is a true humanitarian. I've always thought he's one of the classiest guys in the league. His efforts to help single-mothers is all heart (no publicity/photo op motives).

Off the field, players should strive to be more like this guy.

I couldn't be happier to know that he has stock in this team now. He is a role model and a great person.

Woohoo Warrick!

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