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Former #Bucs RB Warrick Dunn helped provide housing for @ClemsonFB's national champion QB, Deshaun Watson. READ: https://t.co/3fxe1kyhGE https://t.co/e1cFrD1sBB2017-1-10 18:21:04
Roughly a decade before leading the Clemson Tigers to a national championship, Deshaun Watson moved into a home funded by former NFL player Warrick Dunn.
According to the Associated Press' Paul Newberry, Watson was 11 when he and his family moved into the Gainesville, Georgia, house.
"I felt grown having my own room," Watson told Newberry days before amassing 420 passing yards in a 35-31 victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide to take the College Football Playoff National Championship. "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."
Warrick Dunn Charities has helped provide homes to 152 families. On Nov. 21, 2006, Dunn presented a furnished, four-bedroom home to Watson, his mother and three siblings.
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Warrick Dunn giving the Watson family the keys to their house in 2006. Deshaun Watson in black sweatshirt on the right. https://t.co/UjGlcIhlkT2017-1-10 05:37:04
"We just try to help put people in safer environments and give kids an opportunity," Dunn said, per Newberry. "You never know what impact you will have. You hope it's a positive impact."
Watson, who declared for the NFL draft after Monday's monumental win, per the Associated Press' Ralph D. Russo, has made the most of Dunn's generosity.