Day of the Dawg

A Football Memoir

by Hanford Dixon

$14.95

The popular and outspoken NFL cornerback offers an inside look at the turbulent, exciting, and frustrating Cleveland Browns seasons of the 1980s. Dixon, a three-time Pro Bowler and co-inventor of the Dawg Pound, recalls both roller-coaster on-field action and a culture of drug use that permeated the NFL and led to the tragic death of a teammate.

Softcover / 238 pages / 5.5 x 8.5 in. / ISBN 9781598510928

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“A fun ride down memory lane for any Browns fans over the age of 35. For those under that age it’s a reminder (painful perhaps) of what you’ve been missing while watching the current state of the Browns.” — News Herald

Popular and outspoken NFL cornerback Hanford Dixon offers an inside look at the turbulent, exciting, and frustrating Cleveland Browns seasons of the 1980s. A three-time Pro Bowler and co-inventor of the Dawg Pound, Dixon recalls both the roller-coaster on-field action and a culture of drug use that permeated the NFL and led to the tragic death of a teammate.

He shares what it was like to be a first-round draft pick fighting for the starting job in training camp . . . What it took, mentally and physically, to play the toughest sport at the highest level . . . The adrenaline rush of whipping up a frenzied crowd of 80,000 rabid fans in Municipal Stadium . . . The thrill of being one game away from the Super Bowl—three times! . . . And the crushing disappointment of losing those big games.

Dixon refers to himself as “a top-notch, speedy, loud-mouth, cocky, shutdown cornerback.” Willing to say exactly what he means, he’s not shy about delivering praise or criticism where he thinks it’s due—to teammates, coaches, officials . . . or himself. This Dawg tells it the way it was.

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