Tony Dixon (American football)
|Date of birth:||June 18, 1979|
|Place of birth:||Tuscaloosa, Alabama|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||210 lb (95 kg)|
|High school:||Reform (AL) Pickens Co.|
|NFL Draft:||2001 / Round: 2 / Pick: 56|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
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Tony Dixon (born June 18, 1979) is a former American football safety in the National Football League. He was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football at Alabama.
Dixon was a two-way football player (running back and defensive back) at Pickens County High School. He was a four-year starter and earned All-State honors two years in a row. He also practiced baseball and basketball. He finished fourth in his class.
He was a three-year starter for the University of Alabama. As a junior, he split time between strong and free safety and was second on the team with 65 tackles. In his last year, he finished third on the team in tackles (90) and had two interceptions at free safety.
Dallas Cowboys (first stint)
The Dallas Cowboys traded down in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft, sending to the Miami Dolphins the 52nd overall selection, in exchange for the 56th (used to select Dixon) and the 122nd (Markus Steele). As a rookie, he played on the nickel defense.
In his second season, he started the last six games at strong safety, after Darren Woodson suffered a season-ending groin injury. In 2003, he was a special teams standout, leading the team with 20 tackles.
In 2004, after Woodson missed the season due to a herniated disc, he split time with Lynn Scott at strong safety, registering seven starts and finding a niche as a blitzer, tying for fifth in the NFL among defensive backs with three sacks. He wasn't re-signed after the season and finished his Cowboys career with 90 tackles (56 solo), six sacks, 10 pass deflections, 49 special teams tackles and one interception.
Dallas Cowboys (second stint)
The Dallas Cowboys signed him on November 1, 2005, to help improve the secondary depth. He was cut on November 9 to make room for the signing of linebacker Quinton Caver. He was brought back on December 26, but wasn't re-signed at the end of the season.