Interesting Facts About Hall Of Fame Running Back Eric Dickerson


Eric Dickerson made a huge impact in the NFL in the mid 1980s when he burst on the scene as the record setting rookie running back of the Los Angeles Rams. He would play 12 seasons in the NFL, mostly with the Rams and the Indianapolis Colts, although he would finish his career with one season with the Los Angeles Raiders and one season with the Atlanta Falcons. During his time in the league though he would establish himself as one of the most dominant running backs of his era. Here are some interesting facts about running back Eric Dickerson.

-He only played in 9 games for the Colts after coming over in a mid season trade with the Rams in 1987, but he still managed to gain 1,000 yards rushing for the team.

-Over the course of his first six seasons in the league, Eric Dickerson led the NFL in rushing yards per game five times.

-Eric Dickerson was drafted in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft with the second overall pick. The only player chosen before him would also go on to a Hall of Fame career, quarterback John Elway.

-Three times during his NFL career (1983, 1986, and 1988), Eric Dickerson would lead the NFL in rushing attempts for the season.

-In 1983, 1984, 1986, and 1988 Eric Dickerson led the league in total rushing yards.

-During his first year in the league, Eric Dickerson set the record for most rushing attempts, rushing yards, and rushing touchdowns by a rookie.

-In 1984, his second season in the league, Eric Dickerson set the record for most 100 yard rushing games in one season with 11.

-In the second quarter of a 1986 home game against the Atlanta Falcons, running back Eric Dickerson threw the only touchdown pass of his career to tight end David Hill. He attempted one other pass in his career, but it was intercepted.

-Eric Dickerson had 64 100 yard games during his NFL career.

-In a week nine 55-23 win over the Denver Broncos at home in 1988, Eric Dickerson scored four touchdowns in one game, the most of his career.

-Three times in his career, Eric Dickerson rushed for more than 200 yards in a game. Twice in 1984 (against the Houston Oilers and then against the St. Louis Cardinals), and once in 1986 (against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers).

-While Eric Dickerson scored 90 rushing touchdowns during his career, he only caught 6 touchdown receptions.

-The only quarterback to throw Eric Dickerson more than one touchdown pass in his career was Vince Ferragamo who threw him two. The other four quarterbacks who each threw him one touchdown pass were Gary Hogeboom, Jack Trudeau, Jeff George, and Todd Marinovich.

-Eric Dickerson was the fastest running back to ever reach the 10,000 yard rushing mark for his career. He did so in just 91 games.

-The team that Eric Dickerson scored the most touchdowns against was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with 10. Tied for second on that list with 9 TDs scored against each of them are the Atlanta Falcons and the New York Jets.

-At the time of his retirement, Eric Dickerson ranked second in NFL history, behind only Walter Payton, in the category of career rushing yards.

-The longest touchdown run of Eric Dickerson’s career came in a 27-24 loss to the Jets in his rookie season. In the first quarter of that game he put up an 85 yard touchdown run that was the first score of the game. This was in his fourth game in the NFL.

-The last NFL team Eric Dickerson played for was the Atlanta Falcons in 1992. In 1993 though, the Falcons traded Dickerson to the Green Bay Packers but he failed a physical and decided to retire.

-Eric Dickerson’s first year in Indianapolis was the Colts first winning seasons since they had left Baltimore.

-Though he only had six touchdown receptions during his career, the longest one was a 50 yarder thrown to him by Colts quarterback Gary Hogeboom.

-When the Rams traded Eric Dickerson away in 1987, it was a three team deal that brought back to them running backs Greg Bell and Owen Gill, three first round draft picks, and three second round picks. The Rams would use the first round picks to select Gaston Green (1988), Aaron Cox (1988), and Cleveland Gary (1989). They would use the second round choices to pick Fred Strickland (1988), Frank Stams (1989), and Darryl Henley (1989).

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