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James Dixon (American football)

Updated: 2017-08-10T14:11Z
James Dixon
No. 86, 21
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1967-02-02) February 2, 1967 (age 50)
Place of birth:Vernon, Texas
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school:Vernon (TX)
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
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James Anthony Dixon (born February 2, 1967) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at the University of Houston.

Early years

Dixon attended Vernon High School, before moving on to Cisco Junior College. He transferred to the University of Houston after his sophomore season.

As a junior, he posted 59 receptions for 659 yards and 3 touchdowns. In 1988, the football team was employing the run and shoot offense with Andre Ware at quarterback and Jason Phillips as the main wide receiver. Dixon and Phillips became the first teammates in school history to register 1,000-receiving yards seasons in the same year. They are also the only wide receiver unit in NCAA history to each record over 100 receptions and rank 1-2 in the nation in receiving in the same season.[1][2] He finished the year with 102 receptions for 1,103 yards and 11 touchdowns, while receiving second-team All-American honors.

Professional career

Detroit Lions

Dixon was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Detroit Lions after the 1989 NFL Draft, who were using the run and shoot offense. He was waived on August 29.[3]

Dallas Cowboys

Dixon was claimed off waivers by the Dallas Cowboys. As a rookie, he finished second in the NFC in kick return average and was the first Cowboy player to return a kickoff for a touchdown since 1975.[4]

He also had a 75-yard touchdown reception against the Arizona Cardinals, the same game that Troy Aikman set a then-NFL rookie record with 379 passing yards.[5] He was released on October 17, 1991.[6]

Fort Worth Cavalry (AFL)

In 1994, he signed with the Fort Worth Cavalry of the Arena Football League to play wide receiver/defensive back.


  1. ^ "Houston hands Rice 18th straight defeat". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ "There's big catch to Cougar success". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ "4 Lions on injured reserve". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  4. ^ "KC routs pathetic Dallas". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Don’t Forget About These 5 Plays Among 25 Best". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Cowboys release Dixon". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
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