ASK THE STEELERS – DENNIS DIXON – PART 2
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From Greg James in Oakland, California: Is it tough coming to a team that has an established franchise quarterback?
Dennis Dixon: No, not at all. You have to be willing to wait your turn and I am willing to do that. I have to be ready at all times because you never know what will happen. I am just out there having the best time I can.
From Chuck Beatty in Bakersfield California: Do you see yourself as a quarterback for the Steelers, or do you think you might make a multi-threat option?
Dennis Dixon: I can see myself being a great quarterback at this level. I told coach Tomlin if he wants to do something I am willing to do it.
From Harry Sparks in Andover, Ohio: After you injured your ACL, why did you play in the next game? What was it that drove you to do that?
Dennis Dixon: You have to look at the situation we were in. We were number two in the nation. We were playing on Thursday night. Nobody else was playing on Thursday night. Everybody was watching our game. What more could you want in a college football game. I just felt like the time was great. My knee was stable. It had no swelling. I felt good going into that game.
From Doug Powell in Altoona, Pennsylvania: How tough was it for you mentally to suffer that injury when you were a candidate for the Heisman Trophy and had a chance to win the National Championship?Dennis Dixon: It hurt for a little bit but then my dad got to me and told me that nothing is worse than losing your mom. I looked at it then as a little minor bump in the road. This is life. Football is a game made of injuries and it's how you overcome it and react afterwards. I tried to react positively.
From Keith Mayberry in Seattle, Washington: You have a website that states it's to keep NFL teams updated on your progress. What made you decide to do that and do you think it was beneficial?Dennis Dixon: I think it was beneficial. I just wanted to show everybody if they couldn't come out to see me work out on my pro day I wanted then to keep tuned in on what I have been doing on a regular basis. I think it was good.
From Carl Lang in Toledo, Ohio: What did you do to come back from the ACL injury? Dennis Dixon: I did a lot of squats. I worked on getting my hamstring back to where it is. It's not really there yet. It's about 85 percent. The doctors are going to release me in about a month, which is good. I am ahead of schedule. I just worked a lot in the weight room and treatment overall.
From Dennis Dixon, Sr. in San Leandro, California: How does it feel to be drafted by Pittsburgh Steelers with all the Hall of famers and the super bowl trophies as well being a quarterback where Terry Bradshaw once starred?
Dennis Dixon: It's a dream come true. I am going to a franchise that's well on the mark. They always have winning seasons. Whenever I get my chance I want to continue to do that.