Mark Dixon

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Mark Dixon
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Position: Guard
Personal information
Born: (1970-11-26) November 26, 1970 (age 50)
Charlottesville, Virginia
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:295 lb (134 kg)
Career information
High school: Ragsdale
(Jamestown, North Carolina)
College: Virginia
Undrafted: 1994
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:62
Games started:60
Fumbles recovered:2
Player stats at NFL.com  ·  PFR

Mark Keller Dixon (born November 26, 1970) is a former American college and professional football player who was an offensive guard in the National Football League (NFL) for five seasons during the late 1990s and early 2000s. He played college football for the University of Virginia, and received All-American honors. He began his professional career playing in NFL Europe, then earned starting positions with the Baltimore Stallions and Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL), and the Miami Dolphins of the NFL.

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Early years

Dixon was born in Charlottesville, Virginia. [1] He attended Lucy C. Ragsdale High School in Jamestown, North Carolina, [2] where he was a star high school football and basketball player for the Ragsdale Flying Tigers.

College career

Dixon accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Virginia, and played for coach George Welsh's Virginia Cavaliers football team from 1990 to 1993. As a senior offensive lineman for the Cavaliers in 1993, he was recognized for his achievements and under consensus first-team All-American.

Professional career

Because of a series of injuries and related surgeries, Dixon was not selected in the 1994 NFL Draft. He was signed by the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent, but was released by the Eagles before the start of the 1994 season. He played as a member of the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe in the spring of 1995, and subsequently earned starting positions with the CFL's Baltimore Stallions in 1995 and the Montreal Alouettes in 1996 and 1997. Attracted to the "best player plays" philosophy of Miami Dolphins head coach Jimmy Johnson, he signed with the Dolphins as a 27-year-old NFL rookie. Dixon earned a starting position on the Dolphins' offensive line, and played in 62 regular season games for the Dolphins, and started in 60 of them. [3]

Post-playing career

Dixon is currently the head coach of the Galax Maroon Tide football team of Galax High School in Galax, Virginia. In 2015, Dixon coached Galax to their first-ever state championship in football. [4] In 2017 Dixon resigned from Galax as head coach to pursue next level opportunities. He then returned 1 month later to coach the Maroon Tide again. Dixon resigned again in 2020 to take the head coaching job at Pulaski County High School (Virginia) in Dublin [5]

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References

  1. National Football League, Historical Players, Mark Dixon. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  2. databaseFootball.com, Players, Mark Dixon Archived 2011-11-22 at the Wayback Machine . Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  3. Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Mark Dixon. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  4. http://www.nbc29.com/story/30732706/riverheads-falls-7-6-against-galax-in-vhsl-1a-football-state-title-game
  5. https://www.roanoke.com/sports/high_schools/h-s-football-pulaski-county-hires-mark-dixon-as-football-coach/article_c1585908-dd65-5fa5-b122-e5b0284123bc.html