Lional Dalton started playing football at eight years old. He fell in love with being a defensive lineman at age ten and stuck with that position throughout his entire career. He made the All-State team in high school and chose a smaller school in Eastern Michigan University, a decision that allowed him to keep playing defensive tackle.
Dalton enjoyed the college football scene before getting signed as a free agent by the Baltimore Ravens in 1998. He was grateful for his NFL experience because it provided him the opportunity to support his family. Dalton described his NFL journey as “beautiful chaos”. The stress made it chaotic, but it also allowed him to do things he could only dream of as a child.