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Hanford Dixon
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Dixon in 2023
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Personal information
Born: (1958-12-25) December 25, 1958 (age 65)
Mobile, Alabama, U.S.
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:186 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school:Theodore (Theodore, Alabama)
College:Southern Miss
NFL draft:1981 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
INT yards:225

Hanford Dixon (born December 25, 1958) is an American former professional football player who spend his entire career (1981–1989) as a cornerback for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Southern Miss Golden Eagles and was selected by the Browns with the 22nd pick in the first round of the 1981 NFL Draft. Dixon made the Pro Bowl three times, in 1986, 1987 and 1988. He also is credited with naming the Cleveland Browns "Dawg Pound," the section of the stadium known for their antics during Browns home games at the old Municipal Stadium inspired by Dixon's "barking" to teammates, especially fellow cornerback Frank Minnifield.

Dixon and Minnifield were selected by as the No 2 "Best Cornerback Tandem of All-Time." Dixon has been honored many times by his alma mater including being inducted into the M-Club Alumni Association Sports Hall of Fame in 1988 and being named to the school's Football Team of the Century. He became the seventh football member of the school's Legends Club joining Reggie Collier, Brett Favre, Ray Guy, Derrick Nix, Sammy Winder and Fred Cook.

On October 29, 2017, Dixon attended the 4th London International Series Game in London, U.K.

Dixon remains a visible presence on the football front in Cleveland, as he is a football analyst for WOIO-TV 19 (CBS) in Cleveland, and the color analyst for the high school football game of the week on FS Ohio. He has a podcast with former Browns QB Bernie Kosar called "The Bernie Kosar Show with Hanford Dixon" on the BIGPLAY Network.

Dixon was the head coach of the Lingerie Football League's Cleveland Crush.[2]

Personal life

Dixon is married and has two sons Kyle and Hanford Jr, and two daughters Merci and Hanna.


  1. ^ "The Life And Career Of Browns DB Hanford Dixon (Complete Story)". Browns Nation.
  2. ^ "Hanford Dixon named Cleveland Crush head coach". Archived from the original on January 5, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2011.