Antonio Dixon, Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle, was on a different course the first half of his life, shuttling between homeless shelters in Miami and Atlanta, riding Greyhound buses and going in and out of 10 schools while his mother battled homelessness and drug addiction. His father, in prison for dealing crack, wasn’t a presence.
Antonio’s rise to the NFL is one of the most inspiring triumphs of the many people assisted by Chapman Partnership, where he stayed multiple times throughout his adolescent years with his mother while she tried to keep her family of four children together.
While living at Chapman Partnership North, Dixon started school as a high school freshman at Booker T. Washington, and found a love for football. Alfredo Brown, Chief Deputy Director of Chapman Partnership, was a key influence in his life, shuttling Dixon back and forth to football practices. Al, like so many others, saw something inside Dixon…a desire to succeed.
Dixon won a scholarship to the University of Miami, and then worked even harder when his college coaches saw he had a gift for the game.
On December 26, 2012, Dixon landed in Philadelphia at 12:55 a.m., still full from a Christmas dinner with his mother, brother and sister in Miami. For him, a spot on the Eagles’ roster and a fresh hotel bed – even if it meant arriving at 2 o’clock in the morning and having to report to the NovaCare Complex four hours later for a physical – were the two best Christmas gifts he could have received.
The Eagles signed Dixon to another two-year contract, commencing his second go-around with the team. “A lot of people go through different things. I am not the worst case,” he told the Philadelphia News last year.