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Dunn gets time for photo op

By RICK STROUD and Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 31, 2001


HONOLULU -- Warrick Dunn was a late addition to the NFC squad, but things are going swimmingly for the Bucs running back.

Dunn participated Tuesday in a photo shoot with model Heidi Klum for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition.

Also appearing were Titans running back Eddie George and 49ers receiver Terrell Owens.

The magazine kept the location of the shoot a secret, but the site was believed to be near the Ihilani resort where the Pro Bowl players are staying.

Dunn and defensive tackle Warren Sapp will tape segments for the opening of the Pro Bowl, to be telecast by ABC.

ODD COUPLE: Sapp and placekicker Martin Gramatica will be among the players representing the NFC on Thursday in the Pro Bowl Battle of the Gridiron.

Sapp and linebacker Derrick Brooks will tape segments of ESPN's Up Close today at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The programs will be aired later in the week.

LATE ADDITIONS: Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb and St. Louis receiver Torry Holt were added to the NFC roster.

McNabb replaced St. Louis quarterback Kurt Warner, who has a concussion, and Holt replaced Rams teammate Isaac Bruce, who has injured ribs.

At least one of McNabb's teammates believed he should not have had to wait for Warner's injury to be in Hawaii.

"Basically, Donovan carried the whole offense, he and Chad Lewis," defensive end Hugh Douglas said. "It was a tough season, with (running back) Duce Staley going down. He's a special kind of guy."

McNabb passed for 3,365 yards and 21 touchdowns, and rushed for a team-leading 629 yards and six touchdowns.

He set team records with 569 attempts and 307 completions, and accounted for 75 percent of the Eagles' offense.

"The main thing about Donovan is he makes football fun," said Lewis, a tight end playing in his first Pro Bowl. "It's backyard football. Even in the huddle, he's cracking jokes.

"He's a better guy than a player, and that's saying something. I think he's one of the better players in the NFL."

MISC: Kevin Winston, the Bucs' director of player programs, will leave the team to take a similar job under new Jets coach Herm Edwards, who left the Bucs to go to New York this month.

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