Video: Warrick Dunn Responds to Fan's Autograph Request by Mail After 21 Years

Adam WellsFebruary 9, 2022

7 Dec 1997:  Running back Warrick Dunn #28 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers carries the football during the Buccaneers 17-6 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Houlihan''s Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Squire  /Allsport
Jamie Squire

One fan received an unexpected surprise in the mail from former NFL running back Warrick Dunn. 

Philadelphia Eagles season-ticket holder Eric Emanuele posted a video on Twitter saying that he used to send out football cards to teams to see if anyone would sign and return them. 

It took Dunn 21 years to respond to Emanuele, but he finally got one of the cards back to him:


Hey <a href="https://twitter.com/WarrickDunn?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@WarrickDunn</a>, thanks for the awesome and unexpected surprise. When I was young I collected football cards from players all around the NFL, and as a hobby mailed them out to the teams to see what players would sign and send it back. That was 21 years ago…<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/dundidit?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#dundidit</a> <a href="https://t.co/ZREYDoF1gP">pic.twitter.com/ZREYDoF1gP</a>

Emanuele also read a letter that Dunn included with the card: "Thank you for your unwavering support of my football career. My apologies if this response has not reached you in a timely manner. It's a great pleasure to autograph the enclosed memorabilia."

The card Emanuele sent to Dunn was from the 2001 Upper Deck set. It came out after he ran for 1,133 yards and scored nine total touchdowns for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the 2000 season. 

Dunn had a 12-year NFL career from 1997-2008 with the Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons. He is one of 31 players in league history with at least 10,000 rushing yards.