Former RB Dunn to become Falcons minority owner

Former Atlanta Falcons running back Warrick Dunn is buying a

piece of the team.

The Falcons announced Thursday that Dunn, who retired after the

2008 season, has an agreement to become the team’s seventh limited

partner. The purchase was unanimously approved by NFL owners on

Wednesday and is expected to be completed by March 1.

Dunn spent 12 years in the NFL with Atlanta and Tampa Bay. He

started his career with the Buccaneers, played with the Falcons for

six seasons, then returned to Tampa Bay for his final year. He was

only the seventh player to reach 10,000 yards rushing and 4,000

yards receiving.

“During his tenure with the Falcons and throughout his NFL

career, Warrick represented the highest of NFL standards on and off

the field,” owner Arthur Blank said. “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.”

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but Blank will

continue to hold more than a 90 percent stake in the team after

Dunn becomes a minority owner.

“This opportunity fulfills one of my professional goals to

expand my knowledge and experience in the area of NFL team

management, branding and operations,” Dunn said in a statement.

“I am excited to be back as part of the Falcons team and, in

particular, to work with Mr. Blank.”

Dunn is already well known for his work off the field, including

the Homes for the Holidays program that assists single parents in

becoming home owners for the first time. He received the Walter

Payton NFL Man of the Year award in 2004.