Each week during the college football season we will feature a player who is an officer for an Uplifting Athletes Chapter for our Beyond the Trophy series.
Name: Antwan Dixon
College: Kent State University
Height, weight, class, position: 5-8, 178-pound, senior, wide receiver
High School: South Fort Myers in Fort Myers, Fla.
About Antwan: Right away in 2015 Antwan made an impact as a true freshman, hauling in 26 catches for 355 yards that first season with a TD catch in his first game and a rushing touchdown. Diagnosed with the rare blood disorder aplastic anemia, he missed the next two seasons battling his rare disease including receiving a bone marrow transplant. Antwan returned to Kent State in 2018, caught a TD pass in his first game back, led the Golden Flashes in receptions, was second on the team in receiving yards, played in all 12 games, was a finalist for the Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion award and was voted the Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year. Antwan was inspired to use his platform as a college football student-athlete to give back to others in the Rare Disease Community. He attended the Uplifting Athletes Leadership Development Conference early in 2019 and worked with his teammates and university football support staff to launch the Kent State Chapter. As the Kent State Chapter President, Antwan and his Golden Flashes teammates held their inaugural Lift For Life earlier this year.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
DIXON: My most memorable experience was coming back after two years and scoring my first touchdown on my first reception.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?
DIXON: I wanted to work with Uplifting Athletes because I want to raise money for people like myself that have a rare disease and don’t have a cure.
What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?
DIXON: My experience with Uplifting Athletes has taught me that my platform as an athlete with a rare disease is very inspirational and I can touch many lives thanks to the status I have as a football player.
What advice would you share with someone in high school looking to play college football?
DIXON: Advice I would for a high school student-athlete trying to play college ball is stay the course and be true to yourself, don’t let anyone steer you in the wrong direction. You are your own person and you are strong enough to get through anything. Always believe in you. Even if someone says conceited or cocky, let them know its confidence.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
DIXON: My favorite NFL player of all time is Michael Vick. I just love watching him play football.
If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?
DIXON: If I could have lunch with one person it would be my granddad, James Causey, Sr. I miss that guy a lot and he always protected me from getting a butt whooping when I did something wrong. In his eyes, I was just a kid and I could do no wrong.
ANTWAN ON THE HOT SEAT
What is your perfect pizza?
DIXON: Pepperoni, sausage, ham and bacon with extra cheese
All time favorite movie?
DIXON: Bad Boys 2
What is your go-to fast food restaurant?
Favorite sports team (any sport)?
DIXON: Philadelphia Eagles
What is the most used app on your phone?