Former Seminole great Warrick Dunn reflects on career, shares adventures still to come in podcast
One of Warrick Dunn’s favorite Hip-Hop songs shares a message that motivates him daily.
“I would never ever fold,” Dunn said.
“I would never quit. I would never give up. You may not get their on the first try, keep trying. You have to fall a few times… You are actually going to be OK. It’s not going to end.”
Dunn, of course, is one of Florida State’s most beloved heroes.
The featured guest on Corporate Competitor Podcast – hosted by Tallahassee award-winning author and motivational speaker Don Yaeger and released Wednesday – Dunn fondly reflects on his remarkable career and shares adventures still to come.
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In every place Dunn felt challenged in life, he has found an opportunity to succeed.
“I think I am always open to learning something new, learning something different,” Dunn said during the entertaining 40-minute podcast.
Dunn’s soft voice that once had an emotional flatness to it exuded energy, confidence, friendliness and humor.
Dunn’s high-pitched voice impersonation of legendary FSU coach Bobby Bowden calling him “Warren” and “two-eight,” Dunn’s jersey number, during Dunn’s 1993 freshman season that was punctuated by the program’s first national title was spot-on.
Dunn – believe it or not, now 46 years old – continues to impact others and strives to reach his potential.
The former NFL running back – in 2008 he became just the sixth player in NFL history to rush for more than 10,000 yards – isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.
“I am just always looking for an opportunity, if I don’t know, I have to learn it a different way,” Dunn explained.
Dunn covered a variety of subjects on the podcast with Yaeger, who co-authored Dunn’s 2008 book, "Running for My Life."
Dunn talked about playing for Bowden at FSU; Tony Dungy in Tampa Bay; how he coped with the murder of his mother in 1993, and how he honors her memory through his “Homes For the Holidays” program that includes homes in Tallahassee; and why he secretly earned a diploma from Emory University's Executive MBA Program after he became a limited owner of the Atlanta Falcons in 2010.
Throughout it all, Dunn credits his mother - Baton Rouge police Cpl. Betty Smothers was gunned down outside a Jefferson Highway Bank only weeks before Dunn left for Tallahassee and FSU - for instilling valuable life lessons that he relies on to this day during tough moments.
The challenge is where greatness happens.
“She was always about challenging yourself to be better. Do you want to waddle and stay down in the cracks, or do you want to rise to the occasion to show people what you can do and where you belong," Dunn said.
"My mom always challenged me to be different, to be better. And that has transpired in other areas of my life."
Editor’s Note: Henry co-authored “Tarnished Heisman” with Yaeger in 2007 and has been a contributing writer on other books with Yaeger, including Dunn’s autobiography.
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