Former Buckeyes captain Johnnie Dixon signs contract with Dallas Cowboys

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Johnnie Dixon by Birm/Lettermen Row
Johnnie Dixon has signed an NFL contract. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

COLUMBUS — Johnnie Dixon kept working to achieve his NFL dreams.

Now they are a reality.

The former Ohio State wide receiver and captain signed a deal with the Dallas Cowboys on Monday, his agent Jason Bernstein announced on Twitter. Dixon had a short stint with the Arizona Cardinals and Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent, eventually moving out to Arizona and training to continue his dreams of playing at the next level.

Earlier this spring he was invited to try out at the Cleveland Browns rookie minicamp. And last week he worked out with quarterback Brett Huntley for the Cowboys.

On Monday, he was rewarded with an NFL contract.

“As long as he stays healthy, when he’s been healthy, he’s been pretty unstoppable. Coach [Urban] Meyer has done a great job up there. He’s got a chance to be special [in the NFL],” Dwyer (West Palm Beach, Fla.) coach Jack Daniels told Lettermen Row while Dixon was still in college.

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Johnnie Dixon overcame knee issues early in his Ohio State career. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

A native of West Palm Beach, Fla., Dixon was a leader in the Ohio State locker room. He overcame knee issues early in his career with the Buckeyes to have strong junior and senior season. Across his career, he helped Ohio State win the 2014 national championship and secure three Big Ten titles. The 5-foot-11, 198-pound wideout was one of the top targets for Dwayne Haskins and J.T. Barrett during his time in Columbus. He finished his collegiate career with 67 catches for 1,146 and 16 touchdowns.

Dixon’s final season with the Buckeyes came back in 2018, when he was a team captain and helped lead Ohio State to a Big Ten Championship and Rose Bowl crown in Urban Meyer’s final season with the team. Known for his ability to stretch the field as a vertical threat with strong route running skills, he was in one of the first groups to work with Ohio wide receivers coach Brian Hartline. Along with Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin, the trio helped develop the next wave of Zone Six talent.