Published on August 1, 2020 at 6:33 p.m. EDT|
Norman, Oklahoma-According to former Sooners coach Barry Switzer, former Oklahoma State defensive guard Rickey Dixon provoked an opposing four-pointer Wei Er died on Saturday after a long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
“He died at his home in DeSoto, Texas, with his family by his side.” Switzer wrote on Twitter. “He is one of the greatest players ever played for (Sooners).”
Dixon was 53 years old. His wife Lorraine and four children survived.
Dixon was recruited from Wilmer Hutchins High School in Dallas. He did not obtain an acceptance letter from any Southwest Conference School.
But Switzer saw something special in his scrawny defense.
Switzer told Oklahoma State in 2015: “He seems to be totally rejected. When you met him, he didn’t pass the eyesight test, but we would watch his movies. He did so well. “
Switzer encouraged him to gain weight, and when he arrived on the OU campus, Switzer quickly told the incoming freshmen-also a group of people including Troy Aikman, Keith Jackson and Lydell Carr-although Dixon may be short in stature.
He helped Sooners win the national championship in 1985 and received eight honors in 1986. In the last college season in 1987, Dixon (Dixon) dominated, setting a school record that still maintained nine interceptions.
Dixon’s biggest moment with the Sooners was in the 1987 matchup with the Nebraska No. 1 team. He won two passes, of which the second time helped him secure a victory with a 2 OU score. Put the Sooners into the Orange Bowl with a 17-7 stroke to win.
That season, he was the consensus of the United States and shared the Jim Thorpe Award with Bennie Blades of Miami, which is the highest defense in college football.
His 17 career interceptions are the second time in OU history after Darrell Royal.
He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2019.
Dixon was the fifth overall pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1988 NFL Draft. He spent six seasons in the NFL, most of which were with the Bengals.
He represented Cincinnati against San Francisco in the 23rd Super Bowl.
In 2013, Dixon began to lose weight, occasionally pain, he and his wife initially thought it was arthritis.
However, when he began to have difficulty speaking, he went to a doctor who diagnosed ALS in July 2013.
The doctor told his family that the disease may have been caused by repeated head blows during his football career.
When he was diagnosed, the doctor told him that he might live another three to five years. Dixon won seven consecutive victories.
When the illness forced him to sit in a wheelchair and eventually heard a sound and forced him to eat through a feeding tube, Dixon kept the spirits of others around him.
Lorraine Dixon said in 2019: “He is really the superhero around us. He is the one who makes us move forward.”
Dixon was honored in the OU game of the 2019 season because of his approach to the College Football Hall of Fame. Dixon was not healthy enough to enter the stadium, but he watched the game at his nearby home in Schweitzer and stood up and applauded for him.
When Oklahoma’s 1985 national championship team was recognized, Dixon was in 2015.