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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Gray & Company Publishers; 1 edition (October 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598510924
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598510928
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There might not be a phenomenon in all of pro sports that has the staying power of the Dawg Pound concept in Cleveland. Though its origin comes with some controversy and its legal ownership is questionable at best, one name that even some of the most casual Browns fans tie it to is Hanford Lee Dixon. . . . His book is more than just a log of tales from the football field, even though there is plenty of that. There’s a definite human element to all of it, as he offers a detailed account of personal anguish that extends far beyond the boundaries of the football field. (Jeff Rich TheClevelandFan.com 2012-11-18)

Do you long for yesteryear when the Dawg Pound at old Cleveland Municipal Stadium was rocking? . . . Credit Dixon for this effort. He doesn't hold back looking back at one of the most beloved eras of Browns football--good or bad. . . . The mid 1980s were successful for the Browns and Dixon basks in that glory. As successful as that time was for the Browns and its fans, the early and latter years of the decade, were not, and Dixon dives into those tough times in detail. . . . [It's] a fun ride down memory lane for any Browns fans over the age of 35. For those under that age it's a reminder (painful perhaps) of what you've been missing while watching the current state of the Browns. (Podowlski Mark The News Herald 2012-11-21)

Hanford Dixon, the "Top Dawg," created the Browns as we know them--at least in the snarling junkyard persona he and loyal sidekick Frank Minnifield provided for the fans in the 1980s . . . Dixon takes us back to the thrilling days of the 1980s, when the Browns played for championships and not to go 9-7 and maybe sneak into the playoffs as the lowliest qualifier. . . . Once again, the dog bones are flying from the bleachers in old, rickety Municipal Stadium. Minnifield and Dixon are baying at the Bengals' fallen Cris Collinsworth . . . Players still known fondly by their first names of Bernie, Webster, Reggie, Ozzie and Clay are the darlings of a city whose fans gave their hearts to them, only to see them broken. (Bill Livingston The Plain Dealer 2012-11-01)

About the Author

Hanford Dixon played his entire NFL career (1981–1989) for the Cleveland Browns after being the 22nd pick in the first round of the 1981 NFL Draft. He was selected for the Pro Bowl three times, in 1986, 1987 and 1988. His habit of barking at teammates, fans, and opponents inspired the "Dawg Pound," the name still used for the vocal and excitable end-zone section of fans at Browns games. He was selected as a member of the Cleveland Browns Legends in 2003. He and teammate Frank Minnifield were selected as the No 2 "Best Cornerback Tandem of All-Time" by NFL.com. Dixon was born in Mobile, Alabama. He attended The University of Southern Mississippi, and was later named to the Southern Mississippi All-Century Team and inducted into the Golden Eagle Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. A regular commentator and analyst for Browns broadcasts on television and radio, he has also served as the head coach of the Lingerie Football League's Cleveland Crush.

Randy Nyerges is a writer, a musician, and a certified tutor in the Cleveland Public Schools. He previously worked in media relations in Washington, D.C, and has held several staff appointments in the United States Senate. He graduated from Kent State University with a degree in journalism.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Thomas on February 17, 2013
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Hanford Dixon provides a firsthand account of the Cleveland Browns during the 1980s. Reading this book brought back of memories of watching the team during the 80s, especially those playoff games which Top Dawg identified as some of his favorite of all time. I enjoyed the candid nature in which Hanford told his stories. However, there were grammatical errors in this book, to the point that I was surprised at how many.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 29, 2012
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I am not a sports fanatic in any way shape or form, but even I truly enjoyed reading this account of Hanford's experiences on and off the football field. At times it was funny and others emotional; it was always engaing and well-thought out.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MikeOnMars on November 7, 2012
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This book was very well written. The writer kept Hanford's tone very well. Full of juicy details about the 80s bounty scandal. And I can't believe that Hanford took responsibility for Donnie Rogers death! Just so many controversies and drama... exactly what I'd expect from Cleveland's original Dawg!
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By Terry Dalton on May 6, 2013
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Nice Bio and interesting inside info in the life and times of a great pro. Lots of stuff we never heard while Big Dawg was playing.
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By Can42 on January 25, 2013
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Awesome book if you are a Browns fan you will want to read this book. A wonderful inside view of those tough Browns teams I had the privilege to watch while growing up. Great book Mr. Dixon, thanks for the memories.
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By Swift013 on January 23, 2013
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Bought this as a x-mas gift for my father who said he enjoyed reading the book. He stated that you could tell it was not written by Dixon alone but still a good read for any Browns fan.
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I really enjoyed reading this book! Hanford wrote it like he speaks and it brought back sweet memories of the Browns. I lived in downtown Cleveland during many of those years and remember opening my window and hearing the crowd from my apartment. Really wonderful memories. Thanks for sharing Hanford! By the way, I named my first dog after you, Dixon Hanford. He even had a Top Dog food bowl!
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By Thomas A Stickel on November 24, 2012
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If you have spent your life as a Browns fan, as I have, This book is a great read. It takes you back to the times when the Browns were a lock ot go to the playoffs every year, and the rivalry with the goddamn Steelers
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