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Domenik Hixon
No. 87     New York Giants
Wide receiver / Return specialist
Personal information
Date of birth: October 8, 1984 (1984-10-08) (age 25)
Place of birth: Neunkirchen am Potzberg
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 182 lb (83 kg)
Career information
College: Akron
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 4 / Pick: 130
Debuted in 2007 for the Denver Broncos
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008
Receptions     44
Receiving Yards     601
Total Return Yards     949
Total Touchdowns     4
Stats at NFL.com

Domenik Hixon (born October 8, 1984, in Neunkirchen am Potzberg, Germany) is an American football wide receiver and return specialist for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He was originally drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Akron.

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Early years

Hixon was born to an African American father and a German mother. He attended Whitehall-Yearling High School outside Columbus, Ohio and was a letterman in football, basketball, track, and baseball. In basketball, he was named Honorable Mention All-State as a point guard.

Former high school teammate of Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Keiwan Ratliff.

College career

Hixon was one of Charlie Frye's passing weapons during his first 3 years at Akron. In the 2005 MAC Championship game he caught Luke Getsy's game winning Hail Mary pass, earning Akron its first MAC Championship in school history.

Professional career

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Denver Broncos

Hixon played 4 games for the Denver Broncos to start the 2007 season then was released in early October. While on the Broncos, he was involved in the play that almost paralyzed Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett, after Everett attempted to tackle Hixon.

New York Giants

The New York Giants quickly signed Hixon and soon he took over the main kickoff returning duties. Domenik had one reception for 5 yards against the Minnesota Vikings on November 25. He made his mark by returning a kickoff 74 yards for a touchdown in the Giants' 2007 regular season finale against the undefeated New England Patriots. Hixon's touchdown put the Giants ahead 14-10 in the 2nd quarter, but the Giants lost 38-35.

As the main kickoff returner, Hixon returned 10 kickoffs for an average of 25.3 yards during the Giants run to Super Bowl XLII. His returns provided the Giants with good field position and helped propel their offense into the end zone on several occasions. He recovered a critical fumble late in the 4th quarter of the NFC Championship game on January 20 at frigid Lambeau Field, a game the Giants eventually won in overtime. Hixon also recorded 2 special teams tackles in the 2007 playoffs.

Hixon later broke out in the Giants second preseason game against the Cleveland Browns, catching two touchdown passes and then returned a 82 yard kickoff for a touchdown, all in the first quarter.

In week 5 of the 2008 Season, Hixon was forced to start after Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress was suspended for breaking team rules.

Hixon would have 4 catches for 102 yards and a touchdown in his first career start. He left the game late in the first half after suffering a concussion.

Later in the 2008 season Hixon would again be placed in the starting role for the rest of the season. Starting with week 14, Burress would be suspended again, this time for the remainder of the season, for conduct detrimental to the team after suffering an accidental self inflicted gun shot wound to his leg.

In his career he's made 24 special teams tackles, caught 44 passes for 601 yards (13.7 avg) and 2 touchdowns, ran 3 times on reverse plays for 18 yards, returned 31 punts for 274 yards and 23 kickoffs for 675 yards and a touchdown,

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