Former NFL star and Baton Rouge native Warrick Dunn addressed the state Senate Wednesday evening.

A quarterback and running back at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, Dunn rushed for 10,967 yards and scored 49 touchdowns playing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons National Football League teams between 1997 and 2008.

Dunn is known for his Homes for the Holidays program, which has helped more than 115 single parents acquire their first homes, since 1997.

In July 2012, Dunn launched Betty’s Hope — named after his mother, Betty Smothers, a Baton Rouge Police officer killed when ambushed by armed robbers — a program that helps children manage their grief.