Eric Dickerson is a former professional American football player. He was a running back during his 11-year NFL career, which spanned the 1980s and early 1990s. Before turning pro in 1983, Dickerson had a brilliant college football career at Southern Methodist University. In the 1983 NFL Draft, he was named runner-up to the Los Angeles Rams, and also played for other NFL teams such as the Indianapolis Colts, the Los Angeles Raiders, and the Atlanta Falcons. In 1999 he was honored for all his hard work by being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Since then, Dickerson has immersed himself in sports reporting and he also runs a sports memorabilia company.
Eric Dickerson’s Bio
Eric Demetri Dickerson was born on September 2, 1960, in Sealy, Texas, the son of Helen Dickerson and Richard Seal. He received his high school education at Sealy High School in Austin County, Texas. In his senior year, he was the star of the school’s soccer team, which earned him the attention of several college recruiters. Amidst several controversies, he finally chose Southern Methodist University (SMU) for his college career.
During his four-year college soccer career, Dickerson won 4,450 yards on 790 balls, setting the Southwest Conference record for yards and tries. He also scored a total of 48 touchdowns, setting SMU’s record for touchdowns throughout his career. His outstanding performances earned him the honor of second and first all-American team in his junior and senior national team respectively.
Eric Dickerson was selected by the Los Angeles Rams as the second overall winner of the 1983 NFL draft. He had an explosive rookie season, setting the NFL rookie record for most Rush attempts (390), most Rush Yards (1,808), and most Rush touchdowns (18), in addition to two touchdowns receiving. His performance earned him Player of the Year, NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, All-Pro, and Pro Bowl awards.
Dickerson continued his outstanding form in the 1984 season when he reached the 2,000-yard milestone and also broke O. J. Simpson’s single-season record for most 100-yard games (12). His total of 2,105 rushing yards for the season remains the highest in NFL history. He remained top-notch during his more than four-year tenure at the Los Angeles Rams, despite leaving the team under controversial circumstances. After playing the first 3 games of the 1987 season at the LA Rams, he was transferred to the Indianapolis Colts.
For the remainder of the 1987 season, Dickerson won 1,011 yards in 9 appearances for the Colts and helped the team make the playoffs for the first time in 10 years. In the 1989 season, he became the fastest player to reach the 10,000 yards mark, after achieving mastery in 91 career games. The 1989 season was also his seventh consecutive season with more than 1000 stormy yards. In his last two seasons (1990-91) with the Colts, Dickerson was involved in several controversies that led to a decline in his performance. In April 1992, he was transferred to the Los Angeles Raiders, and after one season he was transferred to the Atlanta Falcons, where he spent the 1993 season, the last of his career.
Overall, the 1980s were the high point in Eric Dickerson’s entire professional career. He led the NFL on the fast track for four seasons (1983, 1984, 1986, 1988), was named Offensive Player of the Year in the NFL (1986), won six Pro Bowl selections (1983, 1984, 1986-1989), and five All-Pro selections on the first team (1983, 1984, 1986-1988). Since then, he has been appointed to the All-Decade Team of the NFL 1980s. In 1999, Dickerson was honored with induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His Los Angeles Rams No. 29 jerseys has since been retired, and in December 2013 he was also inducted into the Indianapolis Colts ring of honor.
Since leaving the NFL, Eric Dickerson has pursued a career in sports broadcasting. Among several other successful appearances, the former NFL star joined the FS1 channel of Fox Sports as an analyst in August 2017. He is co-founder of “Original Mini Jerseys”, a sports memorabilia company he founded with his former teammate LeRoy Irvin.
Eric Dickerson has a long-term relationship with his partner Penny Sutton. It remains uncertain when the two first met, but their romance has been going on for a very long time. In some circles, it is also believed that they got married, but it doesn’t seem to be the case. The couple has two children, a daughter named Keri (born 2005) and a son named Dallis (born 2012). Dickerson also has an adult daughter named Erica Dickerson (born 1988) from a previous relationship.
Eric Dickerson grew up with his great-great-aunt Viola Dickerson. His mother Helen Dickerson was a teenager when she had him, so she decided to give him to her relatives. He was led to believe that his birth mother was his sister until he became a teenager. Although he was not present in his life, Dickerson bears some crucial similarities to his biological father, Richard Seal. Like his famous son, Seal was an outstanding athlete in his own prime, playing running back at Prairie View College in Texas.
Height and Other Body Measurements
Eric Dickerson stands at an impressive height of 191 cm (6 feet 3 inches). With a bodyweight of 100 kg (220 lb), he maintains a slender build. He suffers from myopia, which made it necessary for him to wear prescription glasses throughout his career.