Hanging with a NFL Hall of Famer
On Friday, July 19 Dream On 3 had the wonderful opportunity to attend Charlotte Touchdown Club’s “Legends of the Game” Speaker Series Luncheon. Two Dream Kid alumni attended, Elijah Mack and Griffin Cherniss, as well as future Dream Kid, Hunter Adcock. Los Angeles Rams Hall-of-Fame Running Back, Eric Dickerson, was the guest speaker and participated in a special “meet and greet” with the Dream Kids.
Dickerson shared funny and touching football stories with those in attendance. He spoke with great emotion about being adopted as a young boy and losing his father as a teenager. He lovingly spoke about his strict, yet loving, mother who raised him singlehandedly and insisted he attend the college they BOTH agreed on (SMU). And he joked about his signature “look” – his prescription goggles – which he hated, but wore throughout his career.
Dickerson was charming and engaging. The Dream Kids (and their fathers) enjoyed this special day out.
Thank you, Charlotte Touchdown Club, for being an intregal part of our huddle!
Dickerson’s Career Highlights
At the conclusion of a stellar football experience at Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dickerson was selected by the Los Angeles Rams as the second overall pick of the 1983 NFL Draft. His rookie season was outstanding! He set multiple records including most rushing attempts (390), most rushing yards gained (1,808) and most rushing touchdowns (18). As a result, he was named Player of the Year and NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, plus he received All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors.
In his second season, Dickerson rushed for 2,105 yards which set the record for the most rushing yards in a season – a that record still stands. Dickerson continued to play for multiple teams and continued to be one of the top NFL rushers each season. In 1999, Dickerson was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame and in 2013 he was inducted into the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor.
A summary of his accomplishments:
- 6× Pro Bowl (1983, 1984, 1986–1989)
- 5× First-team All-Pro (1983, 1984, 1986–1988)
- NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1986)
- 3× NFC Offensive Player of the Year (1983, 1984, 1986)
- NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1983)
- 4× NFL rushing yards leader (1983, 1984, 1986, 1988)
- NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
- Los Angeles Rams No. 29 retired
- Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor
- Consensus All-American (1982)
- Second-team All-American (1981)
NFL records held:
- 2,105 rushing yards in a season
- 1,808 rushing yards in a rookie season
- 248 rushing yards in a playoff game
Info source: Wikipedia