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Bills RB Taiwan Jones gifts playoff tickets to Valentino Dixon, man wrongfully convicted of murder, ESPN reports

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Posted at 11:35 AM, Jan 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 11:35:22-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Buffalo Bills running back Taiwan Jones has gifted Bills playoff tickets to a Buffalo man who was wrongfully convicted of murder and spent 27 years behind bars according to ESPN's Marcel Louis-Jacques.

Dixon was released from prison in September 2018 after serving 27 years for a 1991 murder he did not commit. A judge vacated Dixon's conviction after the then-prisoner received international attention for his lifelike drawings of golf courses.

Since his release, Dixon's life trajectory has been nothing short of remarkable. Notably, in spring 2019 Dixon was a guest at The Masters, where he met Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus. He has exhibited his work in art galleries in Buffalo and New York City, and he launched his own YouTube series. His memoir is set to be released in March.

Most recently, Dixon added drawing for the former President and First Lady to his resume. Michelle Obama heard about Dixon's story and bought his drawing of the 12th hole of Augusta National Golf Club as a Christmas gift for Barack Obama. Coincidentally, Augusta is the very first golf course Dixon drew when he was in prison.

The former President posted a picture on Instagram of him receiving Dixon's artwork shortly after Christmas.

Louis-Jacques says Jones first became aware of Dixon's story at the beginning of the 2020 season and wanted to do something for him but found it difficult due to COVID-19.

"I was already kind of emotional just with everything going on in the world," Jones said to Louis-Jacques. "I was reaching out to different organizations within Buffalo to see what I could do to make a difference. When I first read his story, man, it was touching and heartbreaking. I definitely wanted to do something for him."

Louis-Jacques says Jones was finally able to get in contact with him and gifted him tickets once it was announced a limited number of fans would be able to attend the Bills playoff game.

Dixon told Louis-Jacques it was a "a dream come true" to hear from Jones.

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