The Atlanta Falcons will play the New Orleans tonight, as you’re well aware. There is no better time to induct a legend into the team’s Ring of Honor than a game against your oldest and most hated rival, and the Falcons will do just that when they honor Warrick Dunn tonight.
As we noted back when this was first announced, Dunn isn’t just a man who builds houses and donates a significant amount of his time and money to charitable giving. He’s also a man who was pretty dominant when he actually played for the Falcons, spending six seasons running all over teams like the Saints.
How good was Dunn during his six seasons in Atlanta? His 5,981 yards on the ground are fourth all-time in franchise history, just five yards behind William Andrews, and he’s tied for 5th in rushing touchdowns. He’s also 27th in receiving yardage with 1,635, 34th in receiving touchdowns with six, and 17th in receptions with 204, all as a running back. He also made the Pro Bowl in 2005. That’s a short, truly remarkable career, one that makes a strong case for enshrinement on its own.
I’ll be looking forward to this for the rest of the day, and congratulations to a very deserving human being.