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Dwight Hicks is the Mt. Holly Pro Day inductee for 2012.
Born April 5, 1956 in New Jersey, Dwight attended Pennsauken High School and led that football team to a 9-1 record in 1972 and a #2 ranking in South Jersey as an outstanding safety/cornerback as named by the Courier Post.
His talent took him to the University of Michigan, where Dwight received All-Big Ten Conference Honors in 1976, 1977 and All American honors, in 1977. He gained national recognition for outstanding personal performances in the 1976 Orange Bowl and during back-to-back Rose Bowl appearances in 1977-78.
Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 1978 Draft, Hicks elected to play instead in the CFL for the Toronto Argonauts. The following year he signed with the San Francisco 49ers as a free safety. He found himself the veteran leader of the team's secondary in the 1981 season, when the 49ers decided to rebuild their Defensive backfield through the draft.
Playing in only his second full season, Hicks was considered the leader of a secondary that also featured rookies Ronnie Lott, Eric Wright and Carlton Williamson. The young, but hard-hitting secondary would affectionately become known as "Dwight Hicks and his Hot Licks." Despite the lack of experience, the 49ers defense ranked among the best in the NFL and spurred the 49ers on to a surprising victory in Super Bowl XVI over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Following a last-minute defeat to the Washington Redskins in the 1983 NFC Championship Game Hicks delivered an impassioned speech to his crestfallen teammates, asking them to "Remember the feeling." Buoyed by Hicks' speech, the 1984 49ers with Hicks as Defensive Captain rampaged through the season, finishing with a 15-1 record and breezing through the playoffs en route to a sound 38-16 victory over the Miami Dolphins in the Super Bowl XIX.
Hicks, along with his defensive backfield mates Lott, Wright and Williamson were all selected to the Pro Bowl that season; the only time in NFL History that a single team's entire secondary was afforded the honor in a single season.
Hicks retired from the NFL after the 1986 season with the Indianapolis Colts. His outstanding play led him to four consecutive Pro Bowl appearances (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984).
In his impressive 8 NFL seasons, Hicks recorded
He was selected by the San Francisco Chronicle as a member of the 49ers "All Time Team".
After a phenomenal career on the field, Dwight is now in the entertainment industry. He co-anchored and added his football expertise to the Bay Area's highly rated KTVU-FOX 49er's post game show The Point After.
His talent has won him roles in several feature films, including Armageddon with Bruce Willis; The Rock with Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage; Jack starring Robin Williams and Bill Cosby. He has also made appearances on various television shows, including Nash Bridges, The Pretender, The Practice, The X-Files, ER, The O.C. and How I Met Your Mother.
Dwight is sought out as a motivational speaker and participates in many fund raising events and celebrity golf tournaments for charitable organizations. We salute Dwight for his many accomplishments both on and off of the field.
2015, Bill Gordon Mt. Holly Pro Day