Jordon Dizon
Dizon before the 2007 Colorado spring game on April 14, 2007.
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-01-16) January 16, 1986 (age 34)
Place of birth: Kauai, Hawaii
Career information
College: Colorado
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 45
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Detroit Lions ( 2008 2010)
Career highlights and awards
* Consensus All-American (2007)
Tackles     53
Quarterback sacks     1.0
Interceptions     0
Stats at

Jordon Dizon (born January 16, 1986) is a retired American football linebacker who last played for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). Dizon played college football for the University of Colorado, and was recognized as a consensus All-American. The Detroit Lions selected him in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft, and he played for the Lions for two seasons. He suffered a severe knee injury in 2010, which ended his career.

Early yearsEdit

Dizon was born and raised on the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i. The son of Clifford Dizon and Darla Abbatiello-Higa, he attended Waimea High School, graduating in 2004. Playing running back and linebacker for the school of 860, Dizon rushed for 1,157 yards and 13 touchdowns in only five games as a junior, registering 75 stops on defense. During that year, Dizon rushed 37 times for 376 yards and five touchdowns in a 55-0 win over Kapaa—all career highs. Injured through most of his senior season (two games played: one carry, 12 yards, one touchdown; nine catches, 250 yards, three touchdowns), the Buffaloes were the only program to extend Dizon a scholarship offer, although he was recruited by other Big 12 and Pac-10 schools. He committed to play in Boulder on July 8, 2003, despite never having visited the state of Colorado.[1] Dizon also lettered in basketball, track, and soccer during his time in high school.

College careerEdit

Dizon attended the University of Colorado, where he played for the Colorado Buffaloes football team from 2004 to 2007. He first played safety as a true freshman at Colorado, but was moved to linebacker before the season began. On September 4, 2004, playing against Colorado State University, Dizon became the first true freshman in school history to start a season opener at inside linebacker. Playing in all 12 games as an 18-year-old, Dizon easily set the school freshman record for tackles in a season with 82. Over the next two years, Dizon continued to rack up the tackles, posting 61 in 2005 and 137 in 2006. The latter number was most tackles made by a CU player in nearly a decade (Ryan Sutter had 170 in 1997).

During 2007, Dizon posted a single-game career-high in tackles against CSU (22) and set the single-season school record for third-down stops, with 19 in 12 games. Rarely leaving the field for the Buffs, Dizon missed only 34 of Colorado's 830 defensive snaps during the 2007 season.[2] His 160 tackles were nearly double the next closest player on the team (safety Dan Dykes registered 83), and he finished his senior season with the most total tackles of any player on any Division I team in the nation.[3] Colorado linebackers coach Brian Cabral, who recruited Dizon out of high school, called the senior "the most complete, every down player that I've ever coached."[4]

As a senior, Dizon recorded the best statistical season for a Buff linebacker since Matt Russell's 1996 Butkus-winning campaign. He was voted runner-up for the 2007 Butkus Award,[5] given each year to college football's best linebacker. Dizon was recognized as a consensus first-team All American, after receiving first-team honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation,[6] the Associated Press,[7] Sporting News,[5] ESPN,[8] and[9] for the 2007 NCAA Division I-A football season, and was named the Big 12 Conference's Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.[10] A four-year starter for the Buffs, Dizon finished his collegiate career as the second-leading tackler among all active players.

College statisticsEdit

Tackles Fumbles Passing Game
Season Games Plays UT AT TT For Loss 3DS Forced Recovered Sacks Hurries PBU INT
2004 12 597 51 31 82 6 7 1 0 1 1 4 0
2005 12 475 42 19 61 7 5 0 0 3 4 1 0
2006 12 679 80 57 137 11 17 1 2 4 2 1 0
2007 12 796 120 40 160 11 19 1 0 4 8 3 2
TOTALS 48 2547 293 147 440 35 48 3 2 12 15 9 2

Awards and recognitionEdit

  • 2004
    • Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year
    • Defensive Freshman of the Year (Big 12 Coaches)[11]
    • Second-team Freshman All-American (The Sporting News,
    • Honorable mention All-Big 12 (Associated Press)
    • Freshman All-Big 12 team (The Sporting News)
  • 2005
    • Honorable mention All-Big 12 (Big 12 Coaches)
  • 2006
    • Second-team All-Big 12 (Associated Press)
    • Honorable mention All-Big 12 (Big 12 Coaches)
    • First-team All-Big 12 (San Antonio Express-News)
    • Butkus Award watch list
  • 2007
    • Consensus First-team All-American
      • Walter Camp Football Foundation
      • The Sporting News
      • Associated Press
      • ESPN
    • Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year[11]
    • First-team All-Big 12 (Big 12 Coaches, San Antonio Express-News)
    • Butkus Award Runner-up[5]
    • Lott Trophy semifinalist
    • Second-team Academic All-Big 12
    • Mid-season All-American
    • Mid-season All-Big 12

Professional careerEdit

2008 NFL DraftEdit

During CU's pro timing day, Dizon ran the forty yard dash in 4.59 seconds—which would have registered among the five fastest times recorded by a linebacker at the 2008 NFL Combine. His 34.5 inch vertical jump also impressed scouts, while Dizon's meager 12 repetitions lifting 225 pounds was considered poor for a linebacker. On April 26, 2008, Dizon was chosen 45th overall in the 2nd round of the 2008 draft by the Detroit Lions.[14]

Detroit LionsEdit

Dizon's first season saw the rookie struggle to find consistent playing time. He finished the season with 31 total tackles, 14 of which came on special teams. When hired in January 2009, coach Jim Schwartz changed defensive schemes, moving Dizon back to the outside linebacker position.[15] During the 2009 off-season, Dizon earned high praise from Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham and linebackers coach Matt Burke, the latter of whom noted, "Jordon’s probably been one of the hardest workers I have. He works really hard at it. He wants to do better, he wants to do it right and he really works at it. I’ve been really pleased with the work he’s done."[16] Dizon tore two tendons in his knee and damaged a third during the 2010 NFL preseason. He was placed on injured reserve on August 16, 2010. He was released by the Lions on July 28, 2011.

Personal lifeEdit

Dizon graduated from the University of Colorado in May 2008 with a degree in economics. He attended Waimea High School in Kauai, Hawaii, the westernmost high school in the United States.[17] Growing up in Kauai, Dizon often hunted wild boar with only a knife.[18] He is an avid golfer, shooting sub-80 before his senior season began.[19]

See alsoEdit


  1. " profile".
  2. "CU 2007 season stats". Archived from the original on June 6, 2011.
  3. "NCAA tackling stats".
  4. "University of Colorado Bio".
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Dizon Finishes As A Runner-Up In Butkus Race". December 7, 2007. Retrieved December 10, 2007.
  6. "Dizon Named Walter Camp All-American". December 6, 2007. Retrieved December 7, 2007.
  7. "Heisman winner Tebow, McFadden highlight AP All-American team". International Herald Tribune. December 11, 2007. Retrieved December 11, 2007.
  8. "Tebow, McFadden lead 2007 All-America team". December 17, 2007. Retrieved December 17, 2007.
  9. " 2007 All-American Team".
  10. "2007 All-Big 12".
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Buffs' Dizon named Big 12 defensive player of year". November 27, 2007. Retrieved November 27, 2007.[dead link]
  12. "SI Mid-Season All-Americans". CNN. October 11, 2007. Retrieved May 7, 2010.
  13. "Rivals Mid-Season All-Americans".
  14. "Pro Timing Day in Boulder". Archived from the original on June 6, 2011.
  15. "Lions Notebook: Dizon Accepts Praise".
  16. "LB Jordon Dizon is Impressing Coaches with his Work Ethic and Versatility".
  17. "Waimea High School".
  18. " Interview".
  19. "Buff 'backer Dizon ready to tee it up". August 22, 2007. Archived from the original on October 20, 2007. Retrieved November 30, 2007.

External linksEdit

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