CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) _ Miami defensive tackle Antonio Dixon is earning some B's at a top-notch private university, has become key member of the football team and is controlling his weight after long struggling with the problem.
Dixon wasn't taught to read until the tenth grade. His adolescence was marred by homelessness and poverty and dysfunction is in the past, but his future is bright.
Dixon's father calls Miami coach Randy Shannon every Monday morning to check up on his son.
His father says "I'm very proud of him. He could have been another way, made wrong choices, done wrong things. But Tony, for some reason, is a very balanced guy. He's come a long way.''