Class of 2018
Eric Dickerson
Gale Sayers Lifetime Achievement Award

Eric Dickerson is a Hall of Fame NFL running back and the greatest player in Los Angeles Rams history. He owns the single-season rushing yards record, football’s most hallowed mark, with 2,105 in 1984, and he accumulated 10,000 career rushing yards faster than any runner in league history. Born and raised in Sealy, Texas, Eric became the country’s top recruit as a high school senior. His great-great aunt talked him into staying in the state of Texas to attend Southern Methodist University. At Southern Methodist University, Eric anchored the famous “Pony Express” backfield. Dickerson gained 4,450 yards on 790 carries to break Earl Campbell’s Southwest Conference record for yards and attempts. His 48 career touchdowns tied Doak Walker’s SMU total for career scoring. In his senior year, Dickerson finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting, behind Herschel Walker and John Elway. He was also a first-team All-American in 1982 and a second-team All-American in 1981. His production was matched by his beautiful running style and his unforgettable appearance on the field, where he wore sports goggles, a neck roll, and the full complement of pads. While he considered going to the Los Angeles Express in the United States Football League, Dickerson decided to go into the NFL. He was selected second overall in the 1983 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. An immediate success, he established rookie records for most rushing attempts, most rushing yards gained, and most touchdowns rushing. His efforts earned him All-Pro, Pro Bowl, Player of the Year, and Rookie of the Year honors. In his second season, Dickerson continued his onslaught on the NFL record book becoming a member of the 2,000-yard club. Twelve times in 1984, he gained more than 100 yards rushing. No one has since rushed for more yards in a single NFL season. Dickerson’s 5.6 yards per carry led the Rams to a playoff berth in 1984. He is currently an analyst for FS1 and recently joined the Rams front office as Vice President of Business Development. He lives in Los Angeles, is married to Penny, and has two girls.

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