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Old 04-27-2008, 05:53 PM   #1
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Default Waiting game ends for Dixon

Saw this on Yahoo as I was checking my email....

...so we have the coming of Slash II...

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By Michael Silver, Yahoo! Sports
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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – The rented sedan was rolling toward the Eugene Airport at a quarter to noon Sunday when the driver got the news he’d been waiting for, fielding a phone call from the house he’d just left after a long, anxious morning.

So Dennis Dixon Sr. did what he figured any proud, elated father whose son had just been drafted would do: He whipped a U-turn on the Beltline Highway, put the pedal to the metal and rushed back to give his boy a prolonged, heartfelt hug.

“Oh, damn, I’m a Pittsburgh Steeler!” Dixon’s jubilant son, Dennis, exclaimed shortly after his father’s return. “It’s a rush, and now I’ve got to go out there and do what I do.”

“The door is opened!” Dixon Sr. yelled. “I’ve got goosebumps right now.”

Leave it to the Dixon family to provide a little added drama to the NFL draft process, one which had been filled with uncertainty since an untimely injury rocked their world six months ago.

When the Steelers used a fifth-round draft pick to select Dixon, the former Oregon quarterback whose Heisman Trophy and national championship dreams had been derailed by a torn knee ligament in November, it ended a tense session in front of the living-room television that was well into its fifth hour. But in terms of facilitating a family celebration, the moment occurred at the nick of time.

Hoping to go as high as the third round, which began at 7 a.m. Pacific time, Dixon had grown increasingly frustrated as the day dragged on, becoming visibly angry when three teams he felt might pick him (the Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Bears) chose other players early in the fifth round. Shortly thereafter, at 11:30 a.m., Dixon Sr. and daughter Danitra gave up and headed for the airport to catch their respective flights to California.

Quiet and aggravated, Dixon said goodbye to his father and sister and started shooting pool with former Ducks receiver Brian Paysinger, one of the many ex-teammates who spent much of the weekend at the house near the Oregon campus devouring the meaty offerings cooked up by Dixon Sr.

He was leaning over the table and lining up a shot when his iPhone finally buzzed. Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin, whom Dixon had gotten to know on a pre-draft visit to the Steelers’ facility, was on the other line.

“Are you ready to be a Steeler?” Tomlin asked.

“Yessir!” Dixon said, pumping his right fist while excitedly bounding up and down the stairs.

Dixon’s house was full of sleepy friends, some of whom were awakened by the commotion. But the two most important people of all weren’t there to share his joy. Dixon, who lost his mother, Jueretta, to breast cancer four years ago, is exceptionally close to his father and sister. They had to share this moment, and now Tomlin and the Steelers had made it all possible.

Ten long minutes later, Dennis Sr. and Danitra returned. Even as they celebrated together, the idea of Dixon wearing the black-and-gold was all so surreal.

Dixon Sr. lives in San Leandro, a working-class town in the shadow of Oakland’s McAfee Coliseum, and is a longtime fan of the Oakland Raiders. “Jack Tatum’s kids used to go to school with Dennis and Danitra,” he recalled Saturday. “We used to go over to his house all the time. There’s talk of Dennis going to San Francisco, and everyone says, ‘If he does, you’ll have to root for the 49ers.’ And I tell ‘em, ‘No, I don’t.’ ”

He was kidding. We think.

On Sunday, when reminded of the longtime Raiders-Steelers rivalry that includes the Immaculate Reception, the elder Dixon said, “You know how hard that’s gonna be, to root for the Steelers? Matter of fact, that’s harder than the 49ers. But I’ll manage.”

In the wake of his injury, Dixon had maintained that he didn’t care where he went, that all he wanted was an opportunity to make an NFL roster. So he wasn’t about to complain about being drafted by a team that just gave a reported eight-year, $102 million contract to Ben Roethlisberger, its young, franchise quarterback.

“As a quarterback in my situation, coming off an injury, it’s going to take a while for me to adapt anyway,” Dixon said. “Being able to learn from two smart, experienced quarterbacks like Ben Roethlisberger and Charlie Batch goes a long way. I’m just going to be a sponge and absorb everything.

“At the same time, I’m a competitor, and I’m going to go out there and compete with everything I’ve got.”

Dixon added that he was excited by the opportunity to play with veteran Steelers wideout Hines Ward, whom he said he was “honored to have a chance to meet” during his visit.

“As a little kid, this is what you dream of, right here,” he said. “Now, you’ve got to respond. I can’t wait to get out there and get to work.”

If he’s in a hurry, it’s nothing compared to the hurry his father and sister were in as they left the house for a second time Sunday.

“Tell ‘em to hold the plane!” Dixon joked to his father. “Tell ‘em your son just got drafted, and that’s why you were late.”

“We’ve got to go!” Danitra said, and seconds later they were in the car, ready to hoof it up the Beltline Highway once more. But as he pulled away, Dixon Sr. had one final thought.

“Remember Slash?” he asked, referring to former Steelers quarterback and multipurpose threat Kordell Stewart. “Maybe we’ve got Slash II.”
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Old 04-27-2008, 06:05 PM   #2
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IMO, this was a completely wasted pick in what I have felt was a very good draft overall. A pick the Steelers didn't need and should not have made. I would have been happier with a DE or OL at this time because that is where we need the most help.

I cannot believe that we didn't draft one DE.
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It's nice to hear the human stories behind all these guys. To us, it's all about how can they help us win another championship. To them and their families, it's a dream come true. Good luck and welcome to Pittsburgh, Dennis!
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I liked the pick to be honest, batch will probably be traded or released after this year and him being our #2 guy will save us $2 mil a year.
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I liked the pick to be honest, batch will probably be traded or released after this year and him being our #2 guy will save us $2 mil a year.
If this kid ever ends up being our starting QB, say hello to 6-10 seasons, 5 yard out patters being the extent of our passing game, and a bunch of killed worms on the Heinz Field grass all over again.
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Default Re: Waiting game ends for Dixon

its a good story, but we didnt need to waste a pick on a qb. we need oline men to protect ben.. i hope that ben learns how to read the field quicker and release the ball faster, b/c if not, he/we will be in for a very long season.
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If this kid ever ends up being our starting QB, say hello to 6-10 seasons, 5 yard out patters being the extent of our passing game, and a bunch of killed worms on the Heinz Field grass all over again.
If Dixon is ever our starting QB it will mean either: 1) Colbert & Tomlin never figured out how to fix the OL and Ben broke both his body and the single season record for sacks taken; or 2) Ben gave up motorcycles but took up skydiving without a parachute.
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If Dixon is ever our starting QB it will mean either: 1) Colbert & Tomlin never figured out how to fix the OL and Ben broke both his body and the single season record for sacks taken; or 2) Ben gave up motorcycles but took up skydiving without a parachute.
, thanks dan, i spit out my water on that... if i had to pick i would prefer he stick to motorcycles and not skydiving...lol
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He is probably going to be a practice squad guy. If not that means his upside is to good to try and release and put on the ps. If that happens then bye bye charlie. I think he is at the end of his career and also his contract next year.
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Who knows, maybe the powers that be know something we don't.

It's happened once or twice.
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