Falcons RB Warrick Dunn reaches 10,000 yards rushing
Dunn's short run up the middle came early in the second quarter, giving him 26 yards on seven carries for the game and an even 10,000 yards in his career.
The Georgia Dome crowd gave him a standing ovation, fireworks went off and Dunn made sure to grab the ball, which was tossed to the sideline for posterity. Teammates Joey Harrington and Roddy White came over to congratulate Dunn, who waived to the home fans.
The accomplishment was especially impressive for Dunn given his size, generously listed at 5-foot-9 and 187 pounds. A couple of weeks ago, he mused about all those people who considered him too small to last in the NFL.
"I think I've surprised people over the years with how hard I run and how tough I am," said Dunn, now in his 11th season. "I haven't worn down. Just to be at this point in my career, to me that says a lot to all the people who doubted me."
He's nearly as well known for his charitable work as his play on the field, including a program that builds homes for single mothers. Dunn received the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award from the NFL in 2004.
Emmitt Smith is the leading rusher in NFL history with 18,355 yards.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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