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Rickey Dixon

Rickey Dixon
No. 29, 31
Position: Cornerback / Safety / Special Teams
Personal information
Date of birth:

(1966-12-26) December 26, 1966

Place of birth: Dallas, Texas
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 177 lb (80 kg)
Career information
High school: Dallas (TX) Wilmer-Hutchins
College: Oklahoma
NFL draft: 1988 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com

Rickey Dixon (born December 26, 1966) is a former defensive back and special teams player for the Oklahoma Sooners and later the National Football League’s Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Raiders.

Contents

  • College football career 1
  • Career college statistics 2
  • NFL career and current work 3
  • External links 4

College football career

A standout defensive back at Wilmer-Hutchins High School in Dallas, Dixon came to Norman to play for the Sooners in 1984. He played in the 1985, 1986, 1987, and 1988 Orange Bowls, in two National Championship games, and was a key figure in Oklahoma's 1985 National Championship win over Penn State in the 1986 Orange Bowl.

A consensus All-American in 1987, Dixon was the first Sooner to win the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the top defensive back in the country. He shared the Award with Miami's Bennie Blades. He won all-conference honors in 1986 and 1987.

The defining game of Dixon's collegiate career was the 1987 contest against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Hyped as the "Game of the Century II", playing on the moniker given the 1971 contest between Oklahoma and Nebraska, Nebraska was favored at home in Lincoln, boasting the #1 offense in the country.

The Sooners came in ranked #2 in the nation, and sporting the #1 defense in the country. Nebraska quarterback Steve Taylor came into the game boasting that the Sooners could not compete against the Cornhuskers. It was Dixon's two interceptions of Taylor in the game (one to set up a short touchdown drive, and one late in the fourth quarter to seal the win) that put the Cornhuskers away and guaranteed Oklahoma a shot at the Miami Hurricanes in the 1988 Orange Bowl. In the Orange Bowl, Dixon had another key interception to set up a Sooner touchdown drive in a game that Miami eventually won, 20-14.

Dixon finished his career with 170 total tackles and 17 interceptions (second only to Darrell Royal for the school record). During his senior year he had nine interceptions for 232 yards which remain school records for the Sooners.

Career college statistics

Season UT AT TT INT PBU
1984 17 11 29 2-41 4
1985 20 4 29 3-28 1
1986 33 16 52 3-2 6
1987 42 13 60 9-232 12
Totals 112 44 170 17-303 23

NFL career and current work

The Cincinnati Bengals selected Dixon with the fifth pick of the 1988 NFL Draft. He had one interception during his first season with the Bengals. Although relegated to special teams, Dixon played in Super Bowl XXIII against the San Francisco 49ers.

Dixon was traded to the Los Angeles Raiders prior to the 1993 season.

After retiring from the NFL, Dixon coached for W.T White High School and Paul Qunn College, and retired from being a physical education teacher at Red Oak High School in Red Oak, Texas in May 2007.

External links

  • Rickey Dixon comes to terms with Cincinnati Bengals
  • Rickey Dixon: All-American at SoonerSports.com
  • Rickey Dixon – Jim Thorpe Award Winners at SoonerSports.com
  • Rickey Dixon Database Football


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