Dennis Dixon was born on Jan. 11th, 1985 in San Leandro, a small city just minutes away from Oakland. Growing up in the city, Dixon attended San Leandro High School, home of the San Leandro Pirates.
Dixon made the high school varsity team in his sophomore year and started at quarterback the rest of his high school career. As the starter, he led the Pirates to three straight championship games in the North Coast Section against De La Salle, one of the best high school football teams ever.
As a recruit, Dixon was scouted to play both football and baseball.
He declared to Oregon as a football player, while being drafted to the Cincinnati Reds in baseball. However, he did not pursue his baseball career until later in his college years.
In his first two years at Oregon, Dixon threw for 850 yards, six touchdowns, and three interceptions.
Before his junior year, Dennis was named the full-time starter for the Ducks. He started the season very well, but was burned out by the season's end, as he threw for over 2,100 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions.
Dixon was soon drafted again in the MLB Draft, this time in the fifth round by the Atlanta Braves. However, he was not able to produce very well and returned to play football in his senior year.
Similar to his junior year, Dixon's senior year started out phenomenal. He led the Ducks to a 4-0 start to open the season. After throwing two interceptions in the game against the Golden Bears, Dixon rebounded by leading his team to the redzone, only to lose on a fumble that went the other way.
From then on, as long as Dixon started, the Ducks could not lose; not even to powerhouse USC. After another win over Arizona State, the Ducks found themselves No. two in the BSC Poll Rankings.
Tragedy struck Dixon early in his next game. Though rushing for a touchdown early, a previous injury seemed to not have healed as Dixon re-aggravated his ACL injury that would end both his chances to win the Heisman Award and to play in the National Championship.
Though unable to perform at the Combine, Dixon was able to interest some teams during the Oregon Pro Day. He was drafted in the fifth round by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Serving mainly as a backup to Ben Roethlisberger, Dixon got his chance to play in 2009 against the Baltimore Ravens. He got to a great start, passing for a touchdown early, but due to the lack of faith from the Steelers' offensive coordinator, Dixon was not able to play to his ability and the Steelers suffered. The game would go to overtime and end on a field goal after an interception by Dixon.
Now, what does this have to do with the Oakland Raiders? Nothing, really. But, with all the rumors lately such as Jason Campbell or Troy Smith going to the Oakland Raiders, I thought it'd be nice to throw in the guy who went to my high school.
I think we could get Dixon for very cheap. The Steelers have their franchise quarterback. They have no intention of starting Dixon, so all we need to do is offer a replacement quarterback, such as Charlie Frye or J.P. Losman.
If a trade were to go through, this would create a three-way quarterback battle. I want to say that I would not be biased for who I root for, but I can't. I have to root for Dixon, my fellow San Leandro Pirate.
With Dixon under center, the Raiders could be able to completely switch their style of offense to a spread-type offense, the offense that Dixon ran while in college. We have the players to do so, such as Louis Murphy, who came from Urban Meyer's spread offense.
We have very fast receivers who can take the ball and run, such as Johnnie Lee Higgins and Darrius Heyward-Bey. We have Schilens and Miller, who serve as the security receivers. And last, but not least, we have the runningbacks that could spread the defense left and right.