"you beat all the odds!"

- Pat Dye | Auburn Coaching Legend

"you beat all the odds!"

- Pat Dye | Auburn Coaching Legend

The Other #22

Against All Odds traces the hardships and ultimate redemption of ‘the other #22,’ Donnie Hixon, as he journeys from a childhood of hard knocks in the Harrisburg neighborhood of Augusta, Georgia, to Hollywood, USA. Hixon’s unlikely role as the stunt double for Burt Reynolds, in 1974’s The Longest Yard, rights a series of life-altering setbacks as a youngster.

Separate tragedies that took the lives of his father and brother before his eyes as a young boy had a traumatic effect on Hixon's childhood. To make matters worse, as a young teen, he was forced to quit school to help provide for his mother, dashing his dreams of playing high school sports. Hixon's athletic arena was replaced with the overnight shift at Augusta's iconic produce curb market of the 1950s at Fat Man's. As friends enjoyed social events, Hixon's teenage years were framed within earshot of the Richmond Academy football stadium and its roaring crowds.
A true story

About Donnie Hixon

Donnie Hixon was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia and followed in his brother’s footsteps as a standout athlete. Tragedies in the Hixon family forced Donnie to quit high school and a four-year stint in the Marine Corp served to further his athletic prowess and put him on a trajectory for success. Upon returning home from the military, Hixon embarked on a long and successful career in the mortgage finance industry.

From the late ’60s through the early 70’s he played for and coached the Augusta Eagles semipro football team. In 1973 Hixon caught the eye of Paramount Pictures and was chosen as Burt Reynolds’ stunt double in one of the iconic sports movies of all-time, The Longest Yard.

Filmed at Reidsville State Prison in the fall of ‘73, Hixon played alongside some of the greatest actors and football players of that era and continued his acquaintance with Reynolds throughout the years. Now retired, Hixon looks back on his amazing opportunity in the movie business as a blessing and dream come true.  
Author

About Stan Byrdy

Author of The Augusta National Golf Club; Alister MacKenzie’s Masterpiece, Stan Byrdy deftly weaves this heartbreaking, heroic, and oftentimes humorous tale of Hixon’s life, interspersed with an ample dose of Augusta history. Movie icon Burt Reynolds, Green Bay Packer legend, Ray Nitshke, The Godfather of Soul, James Brown and the Augusta Riots of 1970, and coverups in a small-town police department, all play starring roles in this true to life, made for Hollywood script.

AGAINST ALL ODDS | THE BOOK

Separate tragedies that took the lives of his father and brother before his eyes as a young boy had a traumatic effect on Hixon' s childhood. To make matters worse, as a young teen, he was forced to quit school to help provide for his mother, dashing his dreams of playing high school sports. Hixon's athletic arena was replaced with the overnight shift at Augusta's iconic produce curb market of the 1950s at Fat Man's. As friends enjoyed social events, Hixon's teenage years were framed within earshot of the Richmond Academy football stadium and its roaring crowds.

Hixon grew stronger with each barrel of produce he lifted, and fueled by anger and blessed with quick fists, gained the reputation as a street fighter. He eventually ran afoul of the law, before a judge stepped in to hand Hixon a surprise sentence that changed the trajectory of the troubled teen's life.

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9 months ago

22TheBook

Another great book signing today for Against All Odds - Donnie Hixon and I with Beverly Lynn Smith, Ellie Lewis, Bob Young and Caroline McKinnon at Morris Museum. Next signing is this Thursday, Dec. 12 at Bargain Hunters of Augusta on Augusta West Pkwy from 1-4. Hope to see you there! ...

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10 months ago

22TheBook

Thanks Augusta for your support at book signing at Forest Hills Golf Club - Felix and Eleanor Patrick got their signed copy - we’d like to sign one for you Sunday at our next signing at Morris Museum from 2-4pm ...

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10 months ago

22TheBook

Had a great time on the Austin Rhodes Show this afternoon with Donnie Hixon to talk about our new book, Against All Odds - then at booking signing afterwards with Margaret Regan at the Marybeth Regan Memorial Golf Tournament At Foest Hills. ...

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