Rickey Dixon played as a cornerback and special teams player for the Oklahoma Sooners and later for the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Raiders & LA Raiders (’88 – ’93). In 2011, Rickey started to notice the first signs of ALS or more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was eventually diagnosed in 2013 and has been rapidly declining since.
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Rickey Dixon always hit hard. During his high school football days in Dallas, his career at the University of Oklahoma and his six seasons in the pros, he used his head to smash into his opponents — not just to tackle them, he says, but to demolish them.
Today, he needs help from his 9-year-old daughter to brush his teeth.
Brain injuries have left him almost paralyzed, trapped inside a body that has shrunk to just 115 pounds. At 51, he can’t work; he can scarcely move; he cannot speak at all. He hears his wife crying in the night, he wrote recently, “but I’m not able to walk over to her to wrap my arms around her to comfort her.”
Read the rest of his heart-wrenching tale on the Dallas News – click HERE.
We somehow missed this filing Rickey submitted to NFL concussion hearing Judge Brody’s court in late March. He still manages to write very well and states his case on why some attorneys do NOT deserve any of his possible award from the League’s settlement offer. We just uploaded a copy of his 8-page filing to Scribd for reading and to make it available for downloading and printing. You can also click the Enlarge icon in the lower right corner of the menu at the bottom of the viewing screen to go Full Screen for easier reading (just hit the ESC key to close).