Monday, May 12, 2014
Ahmad Dixon shows off his emotional side
By Calvin Watkins
Getting drafted by an NFL team is a dream for, if not all, by many players.
When the Cowboys selected Baylor safety Ahmad Dixon in the seventh round on Saturday afternoon, the emotion flowed.
Dixon couldn’t talk to Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett because he was too emotional.
“We did communicate back with him,” Jones said. “I didn’t, but that was one of the most, that really, somewhere, somehow, made me appreciate being in the NFL. How in the world do you get to sit here and be lucky enough to be having a conversation, it means that much to him, they’re that emotional about it, celebrating going on in behind and literally having an emotional reaction to getting to be a part of the NFL. I really had an emotional thing along with that. That was unbelievable. He was trying so hard to talk to me.”
After composing himself, Dixon then talked with reporters on a conference call and started crying when talking about getting drafted.
“It feels amazing,” Dixon said to reporters as he fought through tears. “This is the only team I grew up watching as a kid. Watching the Cowboys is pretty much how I learned to play football watching the Cowboys every week. That’s how I learned everything that I learned. It’s a blessing to be a part of this team. My late grandmother – she was a diehard Cowboys fan and I know right now she’s in heaven going crazy. It’s a blessing to me because I’ve been through so much in life. I’ve always been counted out.”
Dixon continued to speak with reporters about growing up in Waco, Texas.
“Growing up as a kid, my life was kind of different,” he said. “I didn’t have the type of life that everybody else had growing up. My parents weren’t the parents that made sure that I had every Jordan [sneaker] that came out. I didn’t have all of the name brand clothes. I didn’t just have the easy way out of it. We lived in all kinds of different houses. We lived in hotels. We lived with my grandmother. There’s a lot that a lot of people just don’t know. It’s been kept quiet for so long and when people tried to judge me based on what I’ve done and not what I’ve been through in life it’s crazy.”
In terms of football, the Cowboys view Dixon as a special-teams player with the goal of possibly challenging to play some safety.
He was a three-year starter at Baylor, compiling 288 career tackles with 12 pass breakups and four interceptions. In 2013, he was a first-team All-Big 12 selection.
“We are really attracted to his traits of being able to run and hit, so you’ll probably see him by nature be more of a down safety type player,” Garrett said. “But he can run, so we’re certainly going to give him a chance.”