Tuesday, May 19, 2009

MIAMI HURRICANE FOOTBALL PLAYER GRADUATES

Hey, don’t get all up in T.A.H.’s grill, the headline in the Miami Herald says:

"Miami Hurricanes' Antonio Dixon Graduates With Class"

All kidding aside, at first blush it would seem logical to wonder why that is news? Surely, a bunch of Hurricanes graduated on Friday with the balance of the class of 2009…

But Dixon, a 6-2, 325-pound defensive tackle who recently signed as a free agent with our beloved and misguided Washington Redskins, has an amazing background which makes his graduation a feel good success story.

To say Dixon overcame “some obstacles” is a bit of an understatement.

How about homelessness, severe stuttering, learning disabilities and a father in prison for starters?

None the less, Dixon graduated and was one of six college athletes nationwide to receive the Wilma Rudolph Student Athlete Achievement Award – intended to honor college athletes who have overcome great personal, academic and/or emotional odds to achieve academic success.

''He has been bragging about that award for weeks,'' said roommate Spencer Adkins, a linebacker who also graduated Friday and was taken in the sixth round by the Atlanta Falcons. "He's a big-hearted, funny, loving teddy bear. School was sometimes a struggle for him, but he always kept working hard."

''It brought tears to my eyes to look at him walk up there and get his diploma,'' said Dixon’s mother, Corenthia, who now works in the kitchen of the shelter in Overtown she and her children inhabited six times during Antonio's childhood. “He looked like one of those big judges on TV. He looked so handsome, and he was smiling all night.”

To read the entire story, click here.

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