Former Atlanta Falcons running back and current team limited partner Warrick Dunn has won the Jefferson Award for Public Service, according to his official Twitter account.
Dunn tweeted the following early this afternoon:
"Have exciting news the share. I won The Jefferson Award for public service. Thank you all for the support. I'm blessed to receive this honor"
The Jefferson Award for Public Service recognizes volunteerism in communities, workplaces and schools across America, according to the official website, "based on a simple idea. One of the most powerful ideas in the world. One person can make a difference. That is the heart of democracy at work."
Dunn's community work is well-noted in retirement, and was also heralded during his playing career. The Warrick Dunn Family Foundation engages in plenty of initiatives and events with the goal of inspiring communities and families to create a better quality of life, Dunn's website reads.
Dunn won the NFL's prestigious Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2005, an honor given to recognize players for community service. In 2007, Dunn partnered with numerous athletes from all sports to create Athletes for Hope, a charity initiative that encourages athletes to get involved and contribute to their communities.