KENNEWICK -- Jarvis Dunn will live forever in Tri-Cities Fever lore.
Dunn took the opening kickoff in Fever history in 2005 and returned it for a touchdown, and the franchise was off and running. He went on to star for the Fever during the 2005 season when the team won the National Indoor Football League championship.
He returned in 2006, but that was the last time he played at the Toyota Center.
While he will always have a place in the Fever record books, Dunn said those memories will live with him for the rest of his life.
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"It wasn't just football in the Tri-Cities," Dunn said. "It was a big family; I started my family there. It's where I met my wife and I have a lot of great memories here."
He hopes to add one more memory at Toyota Center to his already vast list. Dunn will be wearing a familiar No. 4 jersey this afternoon when the Fever (3-1) takes on the Kent Predators. Only this time, Dunn will try his best to lead the Predators to a much-needed win.
"We need to get a win," he said.
Dunn initially expected a select few in the Tri-Cities to remember him, but this past week he learned that this return is bigger than he thought.
"I have been thinking about it, but it didn't really hit me until I got on Facebook this week," he said.
There he found a post on the Fever's page with a trivia question, asking fans what player would be making his first appearance at the Toyota Center for the first time in five years. He was surprised how many people knew it was him.
That, along with texting back and forth with former Fever owner Randy Schillinger, has got Dunn pretty hyped up for the 1:30 p.m. kickoff. So much so, Dunn drove himself to town Friday night while the rest of his teammates will arrive this morning.
"It's kind of crazy that it's been that long since I have played here," Dunn said. "After seeing that, I was thinking to myself this might be something bigger."
Since the 2006 season, Dunn has been in and out of football. Most recently, he played two games for Kent last season before walking away. He returned this season and said he's in the best shape of his life. However, a broken finger has limited him to just two games this season, though he has scored three touchdowns.
"I feel good now," he said. "All I need to do is get some touches so I can show what I can do."