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The road for Deshaun Watson started with help from Warrick Dunn

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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.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit [email protected]

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