|Falcons RB Warrick Dunn reaches 10,000 yards rushing|
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|Thursday, 22 November 2007 20:15|
Dunn's short run up the middle came early in the second quarter. He finished the night with 70 yards on 17 carries, pushing him to 10,044 in his 11-year career.
The Falcons lost to the Colts 31-13.
``Ten thousand yards rushing means a lot,'' Dunn said. ``But for me the most important thing is winning. I'm happy about rushing for 10,000 yards, but at the same time it's not as sweet as if we had won the football game.''
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.
Dunn became the second player this month to join the exclusive club. Jacksonville's Fred Taylor made it to 10,000 yards on Nov. 11 against the Tennessee Titans.
The accomplishment was especially impressive for Dunn given his size, generously listed at 5-foot-9 and 187 pounds. He mused about all those people who considered him too small to last in the NFL.
``When I first came in, most people didn't think I would be that guy,'' Dunn said. ``Most people projected I would play two, three, maybe four years. God has given me the ability to play the game, and I sacrificed a lot preparing and training in the offseason. I was just really pushing my body to the max, so that hopefully I would max out. I think I've done that.''
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.
There could be another 10,000-yard rusher before this week's games are done. LaDainian Tomlinson of the San Diego Chargers is 29 yards from 10,000.
Emmitt Smith is the leading rusher in NFL history with 18,355 yards.
Dunn missed a chance to join the 10,000-yard club last week against his former team, Tampa Bay, but he did it against his first pro coach, Tony Dungy.
``After the game I talked with coach Dungy and he congratulated me,'' Dunn said. ``I told him he saw the first yard and he saw the 10,000th yard. I'm happy he could be a part of it.''