Think of it as Warrick Dunn helping with a few more memories.
Dunn has given away homes to single parents for years as part of the legacy of his mother, an off-duty policewoman who was slain while escorting a businesswoman to the bank to make a deposit when Dunn was only 11 years old. In all, Dunn has given away 152 homes.
Turns out, one of those who benefitted from Dunn’s generosity was Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, who grew up in a home provided by Dunn. His new home was furnished, came with a television and a computer, plus cabinets full of food and a lawn mower.
“I felt grown having my own room,” Watson said. “Just having my own bed, not really being squished, not really worrying about someone sneaking up on me, it was a great moment, a special moment.”
Dunn was pleased to learn Watson’s family has done well.
“We just try to help put people in safer environments and give kids an opportunity,” Dunn told the Associated Press. “You never know what impact you will have. You hope it’s a positive impact.”
Watson had his second straight championship game with more than 400 yards passing and led a last-second comeback.