Hanford Dixon

High School Career

Theodore High School, Theordore, AL (1974-1976)

• Lettered in football (3), basketball (3), and track (1)

• Played defensive back, split end, and returned kickoffs

• Two-year All Conference player


College Career

University of Southern Mississippi (1977-1980)

• Started as a freshman at cornerback (44 tackles, 2 interceptions) on a team that defeated Auburn 24-13, Ole Miss 27-19, and MS State 14-7

• Led team with 4 interceptions & made 41 tackles (’78)

• “Nasty Bunch” defense gave up only 13.3 points per game, 24th in the nation (’79)

• College Career Totals: 188 tackles (127 solo), 9 interceptions

• Named 1st Team All America by The Sporting News (’80)

• Played in two college All Star games: 1980 Blue-Gray Game in Montgomery, AL, and the 1981 Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL


Professional Career

Cleveland Browns (1981-1989)

• First Round draft choice in 1981 NFL Draft Selected to the NFL All Rookie team by the Football Digest (’81)

• AP All-Pro Honorable Mention and Pro Bowl alternate (’85)

• First Team All Pro as selected by AP, Pro Football Weekly, NEA, UPI, Sports Illustrated, Sporting News, Football News, College & Pro Football Newsweekly (’86)

• First Team All Pro chosen by AP, NEA, UPI, PFWA, Spoirting News, Football News, and Pro Football Weekly (’87)

• NFL Career Totals: 131 games (113 started), 26 interceptions, 440 tackles, 100 passes defended, 2 QB sacks, 3 fumble recoveries, 9 forced fumbles, 1 blocked field goal, 1 blocked PAT, 7 playoff appearances


Hall of Fame Memberships

• Southern Mississippi Athletic Hall of Fame (1988)

• Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (2005)


Did You Know?

Hanford Dixon teamed with partner Frank Minnifield to give Cleveland one of the top cornerback tandems in the NFL. Hanford is the originator of the “Dawgs” nickname for the Browns defense.