The Reconciliation Conversation Episode 5 co-hosts Derrick DeLain and Jason Dukes with Dakota Dozier Husband Dad Offensive Lineman Minnesota Vikings #78 @BullDozier78
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INTERVIEW with Dakota Dozier
Minnesota Viking Football Player #78
July 8th, 2020

:: INTRO | Derrick DeLain
Welcome to The Recon Convo. We want to be a space where we can encourage love, expose hate, equip for reconciliation, and emphasize unity so that people of all colors and backgrounds can know our value together as one. Today...

:: Dakota Dozier BIO | Derrick DeLain
Dakota Dozier is a professional football player entering his second season with the Vikings. He came to Minnesota as a free agent on April 4, 2019. The West Columbia, South Carolina, native stands at 6-5 300+ and was selected by the New York Jets in the fourth round (137th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. He has appeared in 54 career games with 11 starts. Last season, he appeared in all 16 games. 

As a collegian Dozier made 44 career starts for Furman, and was a First Team All-SoCon selection following both the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Dozier was also named a unanimous First Team FCS All-American following the 2013 season, only the seventh unanimous All-American in program history. He went to Furman from Brookland-Cayce High School in West Columbia, SC. At Furman, he majored in health sciences. 

He married his Furman University crush, Haley, and they have one son, Dakota, Jr.

:: QUESTION 1 | Derrick DeLain
Dakota — we’ve been boys for a while now. As much as you are allowed, in honor of NFL protocol for players, how have the events of the last two months made you feel as an American black man? As a black father? 

:: QUESTION 2 | Jason Dukes
You play in Minnesota. Talk about what it’s really been like there in the community and how city leaders are responding? How is the church responding? 

:: QUESTION 3 | Derrick DeLain
From your perspective, how is the Viking organization envisioning this coming season in light of current events? And how, from your perspective, is the NFL envisioning this coming season will be different?  

:: QUESTION 4 | Jason Dukes
We try to wrap each episode with one or two simple takeaways individuals can act on right now. What takeaways would you suggest for someone listening who wants to cultivate for reconciliation? 

:: WRAP-UP with Dakota’s social media and web info | Derrick DeLain
@BullDozier78 on Twitter and Instagram
Along with all Minnesota Vikings social media

:: OUTRO | Derrick

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**Musical intro and outro by @cdukesmusic (

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