Former OU and NFL cornerback Rickey Dixon died Saturday afternoon, according to a tweet from former Oklahoma head coach Barry Switzer.
I’m sorry to announce 3 o’clock this afternoon passing of Ricky Dixon! he died in his home in De Soto Texas with his family around him! He was inducted into college football Hall of Fame this past year! He was one of the greatest players ever played the Sooners! @OU_Football— Barry Switzer (@Barry_Switzer) August 1, 2020
According to Switzer, Dixon died around 3 p.m. CT Saturday at his home in DeSoto, Texas. Dixon, who played for Switzer at OU from 1984–1987, had been battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease — for several years.
After recording 17 interceptions in four years in Norman, Dixon went on to grab six more with the Cincinnati Bengals and played one season with the Los Angeles Raiders. Dixon was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2019.