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- Position: Defensive tackle
- Rivals recruiting rank: Ranked as the No. 37 defensive tackle in the Class of 2004.
- Miami career: A key rotational player for four years with the Hurricanes, Dixon signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted rookie in 2009. He is currently a backup for the Eagles.
Miami booster Nevin Shapiro alleges he provided a handful of extra benefits to Antonio Dixon during the course of his career with the Hurricanes. Among the benefits he claimed to have provided:
• At least two occasions where Shapiro paid for VIP access and drinks at nightclubs.
• A dinner at Miami Beach eatery Grazie prior to the 2006 season.
• One source corroborated Shapiro providing VIP access and drinks for Dixon in nightclubs.
In Shapiro's words
• "He was in the club with us two or three times. … He was at dinner at Café Grazie right before the start of the 2006 season."
This page from Shapiro's August 2006 American Express Platinum card statement shows a charge of $926.50 that the booster identified as a preseason dinner at Miami Beach eatery Grazie. Shapiro said he attended the dinner and paid for the meals of eight players: Randy Phillips, Calais Campbell, Bryan Pata, Eric Moncur, Courtney Harris, Anthony Reddick, Reggie Youngblood and Antonio Dixon. An employee from Grazie declined to give specific accounts of meals but confirmed to Yahoo! Sports that Shapiro regularly brought Hurricanes players into the eatery to dine. PDF file
Phone and Facebook messages left for Dixon were not returned.