Veteran indoor/arena football quarterback Chris Dixon II led the Texas Revolution to a win over the Omaha Beef in the Champions Indoor Football (CIF) championship game on June 23.
Now, Dixon is recovering from shoulder surgery and he told Arena Football Talk Saturday “If you ask me today, I am not playing. The only thing is on my mind is helping my youth Outlaws team prepare and getting my shoulder right.”
Texas’ title in June was Dixon’s seventh in his career. However, it’s also his first since the 2013 season. Following a final stint with the New Orleans Voodoo in the Arena Football League, Dixon retired following six titles with the Billings Outlaws and the Sioux Falls Storm in the Indoor Football League.
“[I] Need to slowdown. [I] was always coming and going so I wanted to be around my kids and have time with them,” Dixon said. Over the next three seasons, he coached the team he won his first three titles with in Billings.
The team folded following the 2016 season and Dixon was out of a job. It wasn’t for long. In March 2017, he got a call from the Revolution front office to come play with them. Dixon accepted.
He went on to throw for 2,767 yards and 67 touchdowns in his lone season in Texas. He also rushed for 493 yards and 24 touchdowns, showing he hadn’t lost a step despite being out of the game for three seasons.
To this day, fans love to debate whether Dixon or another quarterback is the GOAT of indoor/arena football. In an interview with Arena Football Insider, Dixon was quoted as saying “some players have a knack to put up statistics. Others have a knack for winning, but great ones can do it all.”
Two men have come close to what Dixon has done. Nick Davila put up very impressive numbers during his time with the Arizona Rattlers and also won three consecutive championship games from 2012-14. Aaron Garcia put up great numbers, but only won one title. Dixon lost to them both.
He faced off against Davila and Garcia as a member of the Voodoo in 2013. The team lost both games, the game against Garcia coming at the end of the season.
If this is the end of Dixon’s career, he will be leaving behind a legacy. Of course, there is still much talent at quarterback in the Indoor Football League and Arena Football League, but it will be a very long time before a team can duplicate what he did, if anyone ever does it.