WATCH: Remembering Atlanta Falcons No. 28 Warrick Dunn
The Atlanta Falcons will begin the 2019 regular season exactly 28 days from Sunday. With that in mind, let's look back in franchise history at the most successful player to ever wear No. 28 for the Falcons -- running back Warrick Dunn.
Dunn played his entire career in the NFC South, starting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1997. After five seasons with the Buccaneers, he signed in free agency with the Falcons and helped the team immediately go to the playoffs in 2002.
Injuries slowed Dunn down a little during his first two years in Atlanta, but in 2004, he rushed for 1,106 yards and nine touchdowns while leading the Falcons in the NFC Championship Game. He also eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in 2005 and 2006, posting a career-best 1,416 rushing yards and 5.1 yards per carry on his way to the Pro Bowl in 2005.
Also in 2005, Dunn took home the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for his efforts raising money for victims of Hurricane Katrina. By challenging every NFL player not on the Saints to donate $5,000 to help New Orleans recover from the hurricanes, Dunn raised $5 million in contributions.
Dunn didn't receive the chance to play with quarterback Matt Ryan, as 2007 was the last year he was in a Falcons uniform, but he left a lasting impact in six seasons with the franchise. Dunn rushed for nearly 6,000 yards and scored 30 touchdowns in 90 games, including 83 starts. For his efforts, Dunn received enshrinement into the Falcons Ring of Honor in 2017.