The Pirates have signed defensive back Ahmad Dixon for the upcoming 2021 season. Dixon last played for the Los Angeles Wildcats during the XFL’s pandemic shortened 2020 season. Prior to that Dixon had two brief stints with the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos in ‘17 and ‘18. He also played in The Spring League as part of the South Team. Dixon was drafted in the 7th round by the Dallas Cowboys (248th overall) in 2014. He initially made the team but was released in September. Dixon was briefly a member of the Minnesota Vikings practice squad but was released, then picked up by the Chicago Bears. He played in five games for the Bears in 2014 registering 4 special teams’ tackles and 1 fumble recovery. Dixon was again released, picked up once more by the Vikings, released, picked up by the Miami Dolphins, and once again released in spring of 2015. The All-American defensive back from Baylor is a versatile player who can play the ball carrier and make receivers pay for entering his zone.
As a senior at Baylor in 2013 Dixon started in 12 of 13 games at safety. He was second on the team in tackles with 81, 53 of those solo. He also had 1 forced fumble, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 blocked kick. Dixon’s play helped his team clinch the Big 12 Championship and first BCS Bowl berth. Dixon led the team with 11 tackles in the Fiesta Bowl against UCF. His outstanding play in 2013 earned him All-American accolades. Dixon was invited to play in the ‘14 Senior Bowl.
During his junior year in 2012, Dixon started every game as nickelback. His 102 tackles were good enough for third on the team. He also had 2 interceptions, 1 sack, 3 pass breakups, and 2 QB hurries. Dixon earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention by league coaches and made 4 tackles in Baylor’s Holiday Bowl win over UCLA.
In 2011, as a sophomore, Dixon again started in all 13 games, He ranked fourth on the team with 89 tackles. He was named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention for the first time and had 8 tackles in Baylor’s Valero Alamo Bowl win over Washington. As a freshman in 2010 Dixon played in 11 of 13 games as a reserve safety. He ended the season with 16 tackles and 1 forced fumble. He also returned two kickoffs for a total of 17 yards.
Dixon was an All-American blue-chip recruit out of Midway High School in Texas, ranked #15 nationally by ESPN.com, the second-ranked defensive back. He is entering his age-29 season with Massachusetts.