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Antonio Dixon

Dixon in September 2009
No. 64     Philadelphia Eagles
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: July 17, 1985 (1985-07-17) (age 24)
Place of birth: Miami, Florida
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 322 lb (146 kg)
Career information
College: Miami (Fla.)
Undrafted in 2009
Debuted in 2009 for the Philadelphia Eagles
Career history
 As player:
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 15, 2009
Tackles     13
Sacks     1.0
Interceptions     0
Stats at NFL.com

Antonio Dixon (born July 17, 1985 in Miami, Florida) is an American football defensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Washington Redskins in 2009. He played college football at Miami (Fla.).

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Early years

Dixon grew up in at least six homeless shelters in Miami and Atlanta. He stuttered and had dyslexia. He did not learn to read until the sixth grade. His mother, Corenthia Dixon, was a single parent raising five kids, including Dixon. His father, Frazier Hawkins, served 17 years in prison for drug trafficking charges. He was released in April 2009. Corenthia Dixon used drugs for two years, which led to Dixon and his siblings to live in foster care for a year. When Dixon was in the eighth grade, his family moved into an apartment.[1]

Dixon attended Booker T. Washington High School in Miami, Florida. He started playing football in the ninth grade, and he played as an offensive and defensive lineman. He graded out at better than 90 percent in his blocking assignments as a senior. On defense, Dixon had 62 tackles and 10.5 sacks in his senior year, with 8.0 sacks during his junior year. He was ranked the 19th player in Florida by Rivals.com and was the 7th prep school prospect.

Preparatory career

In his only year at Milford Academy in 2004, Dixon finished with 77 tackles, including 21 tackles for loss, which was a team-high. He also had 11.5 sacks, which was tied for first on the team, as Milford finished 11-1 that season.

College career

Dixon played college football at Miami (Fla.). As a true freshman in 2005, he played in eight games and had seven tackles in key goal-line and short-yardage situations. In his sophomore season in 2006, he played in 10 games (one start) and made 12 tackles, including two tackles for loss and a sack. As a junior in 2007, Dixon played in nine games with four starts and made 21 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and a pass deflection. In his senior year in 2008, he played in 13 games with five starts and made 31 tackles, three tackles for loss, and one fumble recovery.

In his career at Miami (Fla.), Dixon made 71 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, a fumble recovery and a pass deflection. He also played in 40 games, ten of which he started.

During spring of 2009, Dixon received the Wilma Rudolph Student Athlete Achievement Award along with five other college athletes. The award is given to college athletes who have overcome great personal, academic and emotional odds to achieve academic success.

Dixon graduated with a degree in liberal arts in May 2009, and became the first person in his family to graduate college.[1]

Professional career

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Washington Redskins

After being undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft, Dixon was signed by the Washington Redskins. He was waived on September 5, 2009.

Philadelphia Eagles

Dixon was claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Eagles on September 6, 2009. Against the Chicago Bears on November 22, 2009, Dixon blocked a crucial field goal by Bears kicker Robbie Gould, which led to a 24-20 victory for the Eagles.

References

  1. ^ a b Keim, John (June 9, 2009). "From homeless shelter to Redskins camp". The Washington Examiner. http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/sports/From-homeless-shelter-to-Redskins-camp.html. Retrieved 2009-12-24.  

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