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Ten Minutes with Eric Dickerson

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There was nothing George Orwellian about Eric Dickerson. In 1984 as the city was coming off of the Olympics high, Dickerson gave the city something to root for as he broke OJ Simpson’s single-season rushing record going 2,105 yards in his second season in the NFL. Not Walter Payton, Marcus Allen, Barry Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Terrell Davis, Jamal Lewis or Chris Johnson have surpassed that number.

Dickerson played for the Los Angeles Rams of Anaheim until 1987, but thanks to contract disputes he was shipped off to the Indianapolis Colts. In 1992 he was traded to the Los Angeles Raiders and in 1993 was traded to the Atlanta Falcons. Later in the 1993 season he was traded to the Green Bay Packers but retired after failing the physical.

In his first year of eligibility, Dickerson was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He gained 13,259 yards rushing and was a six-time Pro-Bowler. His number 27 was retired by the Rams, albeit in St. Louis.

Dickerson is a very gregarious guy who could talk on and on. Unfortunately I only had 10 minutes to talk to him thanks to, the Van Heusen Pro Football Hall of Fame Fan’s Choice Campaign.