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OU football: Former Sooner cornerback Rickey Dixon dies at 53, per report

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Rickey Dixon played four seasons for the Sooners (1984-1987). He went from weighing 160 pounds to over 180 his senior year, winning the Jim Thorpe Award along the way. 

Former OU and NFL cornerback Rickey Dixon died Saturday afternoon, according to a tweet from former Oklahoma head coach Barry Switzer.

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.

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Mason Young is a journalism sophomore and The Daily's assistant sports editor. He covers OU football and previously covered OU women's gymnastics and former Sooners in the NFL. He has also spent some time as a senior news reporter for The Daily.

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