D. J. Dozier
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D. J. Dozier
D. J. Dozier
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 527 of 1043 players
William Henry Dozier
Born: September 21, 1965 at Norfolk, Va.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.00 Weight: 205


First Mets game: May 6, 1992
Last Mets game: October 4, 1992

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D.J. also played football for the Minnesota Vikings. When I was at a Port St. Lucie Mets game that was in rain delay, he signed a football and a baseball for me. He was a real nice guy. We chatted about 20 minutes. He also seemed to like having fun. The guys used the tarp as a slip and slide.

May 2, 2001
He was a pretty good running back at Penn State. Should have stuck with football.

August 19, 2001
If DJ's bat was as big as his ego, maybe he would have gotten a hit, once. He was washed up before he even got started. And to that guy who he signed an autograph for, did he only sign half of his name. He infamous for only signing half of his name, sometimes you would have to hit him up twice for a full autograph. What a stinge.

loyal fan
September 19, 2001
My son was five years old when he died. The only pro athlete that would visit him before he died was D.J. This goes to show you that you can be a star in other ways than on the field

November 1, 2003
The person that several of you are describing is not the DJ Dozier I was lucky to have as a friend at PSU. He was kind, sharing and always there for a friend when he was needed!

Phil Thiegou
November 1, 2003
He also played for the Detroit Lions. He was Barry Sanders' back up, and in 1991 that was like being Cal Ripken, Jr.'s back up.

Tom Shannon
April 14, 2005
DJ had 8 touchdowns for the 1987 Vikings! 5 Rushing, 2 Receiving, and one rushing in the playoffs!

What an ugly swing this guy had though. I guess being a backup RB for the Lions during the Barry years can get frustrating.

December 8, 2006
As a life long Mets, and Vikings fan, I thought the stars had aligned when DJ Dozier played for both my favorite teams. I was very disappointed he didn't work out for either, especially for the Vikings where he was a 1st round draft pick. It's too bad his natural athletic ability didn't translate to hitting.

February 29, 2008
The only memory I have of DJ was that when he was first coming up...when I was still young...I remember This Week In Baseball doing a special on him. I got me really excited as a 7 (8??) year old.

puddin head
September 2, 2008
Dozier was on my fantasy football team in 1987 as a Vikings rookie; scored some big TDs for me. When he scored for Penn State in the national championship game against Miami, all he did was kneel down for a moment and then give the ball to the referee. None of that showboat garbage. A sharp contrast to those obnoxious Miami players.

April 9, 2017
When D. J. played for the Mets, he was used basically as a promotional tool. Here was a guy who had a football career and was being sold as a two-sport athlete like Bo Jackson had been a few years earlier. The team tried to enhance its image with someone who had made a name for himself in another game and it didn't work out well.

Depending on an individual to promote themselves is something the Mets have tried to do occasionally throughout their history. Casey Stengel served the team in that fashion in its earliest days. The same can be said about Willie Mays (1972) and the return of Tom Seaver (1983), both of whom were aging stars at the time. These additions were artificial ways of generating interest in the team whether it was needed or or not. The Mets probably thought the presence of D. J. alone would increase attention and revenue for them. Not so.

The Tim Tebow experiment of 2017 is very much like Dozier's role with the team a quarter century ago. I wish the Mets would stop with these silly publicity ploys. They don't lead to championships or even a higher position in the standings.

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