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    The Stride of Eric Dickerson

    Found this article on one of the greatest Rams of them all: Eric The Great!

    Eric Dickerson - On To The Next Stage :r
    Mike Donnelly
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    09/22/2006

    "The Rams were my first team and I enjoyed playing for the Rams probably more than any other team I played for," Dickerson said. "We were a close-knit group of guys."

    Even though Eric Dickerson retired from the NFL almost 13 years ago, football fanatics still can't resist peppering the Hall of Fame running back about the way he played the game.

    "Everyone always talks about my running style," Dickerson said. "I hear that over and over. 'How did you run straight up or how do you run so fast,' I hear that all the time."

    Dickerson was an incredibly thrilling running back and one of the best from his era. He earned six Pro Bowls, was named first-team All-Pro five times and gained 13,259 career-rushing yards, which was second all-time at his retirement. He also led the league in rushing three times, had seven straight 1,000-yard seasons and still holds the record for most rushing yards in a season with 2,105 yards.

    "I feel like I had the talent," Dickerson said. "I was big, fast, had quick feet and really good peripheral vision. Even though I couldn't see well because I wore glasses, I could see well from side to side and my surroundings."

    Dickerson broke into the league as a first-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Rams in 1983 and produced immediately, establishing rookie records for most rushing attempts, yards, and touchdowns. After four exceptional years running for the Rams, a contract dispute with the organization in 1987 led to a three-team, 10-player trade with Dickerson getting sent to the Indianapolis Colts. Dickerson's blazing speed and powerful legs afforded him a few successful seasons with the Colts, but he finally called it a career in 1993 after brief stints with the Los Angeles Raiders and Atlanta Falcons.

    "The Rams were my first team and I enjoyed playing for the Rams probably more than any other team I played for. We were a close-knit group of guys."

    Long gone are Dickerson's sports goggles, shoulder pads and a legendary 11-year career. Lately, Dickerson spends his time residing in Calabasas, (Calif.), where he's kept a home since his playing days with the Rams. He's a proud father of three daughters and has become a successful businessman on the side, dabbling in various interests over the years.

    "My kids are very important to me and that's my main focus," Dickerson said.

    From running his own model agency that has since folded, to serving as a college football analyst, and then moving on to the big stage as the sideline reporter for Monday Night Football for three years, Dickerson has kept himself busy.

    Nowadays Dickerson can be seen working as an analyst on the Sports Central team for KCBS television in Los Angeles, providing commentary for its NFL pregame and postgame shows. "I've been doing it for the last four years and absolutely love it," he said. "We have such a good time on the show."

    Additionally, Dickerson has remained committed to a company he helped to develop called Original Mini's, Inc which sells a unique sports collectible product called the "Original Mini-Jersey™." Set inside of a high-quality frame, the product features a miniature NFL jersey replica with the team name and logo, player's name, position and honors, and years played (www.originalminijerseys.com).

    Dickerson founded Original Mini's Inc. in late 2005 with Larry Westbrook and former NFL All-Pro defensive back and punt return specialist LeRoy Irvin. The product has been a hit since entering the market and has become increasingly more popular in recent months.

    "We're not in a rush," Dickerson said. "We're trying to take it slow and I want to see us grow year by year and get bigger and bigger. We want to continue to improve the product as much as we can."

    As for Dickerson's role, he's provided financing, valuable creative direction and overall business experience to the project, but isn't necessarily preoccupied with running the business on an everyday basis

    "I'm just one piece of the puzzle," Dickerson said.

    When Dickerson's not tending to business matters, he can usually be found out on a golf course. With a 7 handicap, the 46-year-old appears to be almost as gifted an athlete now as he was on the gridiron. It doesn't hurt that he attempts to play five days a week, but he finds it to be the best medicine for soothing his competitive nature.

    "My game is up and down," he admitted. "The thing about golf is it's so frustrating. But I got into this game big-time and just love it."

    As one of the best running backs the game has ever seen, it's difficult to fathom that Dickerson doesn't really miss playing in the NFL, but he certainly has his reasons. "I don't miss football at all," he said. "I don't miss those hits, the Monday mornings or that pressure to perform in front of 60,000 people or having a bad game and reading about it in the paper."

    "I do miss the camaraderie and the guys I played with. That is the only thing I miss about football."


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    Re: The Stride of Eric Dickerson

    Mini Jerseys sonded like a good gift idea for the fast coming Christmas season but, alas, the link did not work..

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    Re: The Stride of Eric Dickerson

    A true legend...who could forget his crazy goggles...was the first time I can remember a trade dispute getting so far out of hand...I'm sure there were way worse, just can't remember any. Here's a breakdown of the trade made on October 31, 1987:

    RAMS

    TRADED:
    Eric Dickerson, RB

    RECEIVED:
    Greg Bell, RB
    Owen Gill, RB
    Buffalo No. 1 – 1988 (Gaston Green, RB, 14th overall)
    Indianapolis No. 1 – 1988 (Aaron Cox, WR, 20th overall)
    Indianapolis No. 2 – 1988 (Fred Strickland, LB, 47th overall)
    Buffalo No. 1 – 1989 (Cleveland Gary, RB, 26th overall)
    Indianapolis No. 2 – 1989 (Frank Stams, LB, 45th overall)
    Buffalo No. 2 – 1989 (Darryl Henley, DB, 53rd overall)


    COLTS

    TRADED:
    Owen Gill, RB
    Rights to Cornelius Bennett, LB
    No. 1 - 1988
    No. 2 - 1988
    No. 2 - 1989

    RECEIVED:
    Eric Dickerson, RB


    BILLS

    TRADED:
    Greg Bell, RB
    No. 1 – 1988
    No. 1 – 1989
    No. 2 – 1989

    RECEIVED:
    Rights to Cornelius Bennett, LB


    It's amazing that the Rams got 2 players, 3 1st round picks, and #3 2nd round picks for him...I know he was an amazing player but still, 1st round picks are so precious these days.

    Oh and for liking the Rams so much, the least he could do is offer some Rams jerseys on his website

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    Re: The Stride of Eric Dickerson

    I forgave the Rams for letting Bettis go. Letting Dickerson go was the worse move in Ram history in my opinion.
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    Re: The Stride of Eric Dickerson

    I got the link to work... just had to copy and paste it whilt deleting the last paranthesis and the period.

    Quote Originally Posted by RamFan_Til_I_Die View Post

    Oh and for liking the Rams so much, the least he could do is offer some Rams jerseys on his website
    Q – Can I order any player on any team?
    A - Yes, so long as the player is listed on the team’s current roster.
    Q – Does the mini-jersey come autographed?
    A - Yes. Eric Dickerson, LeRoy Irvin and Cephus Weatherspoon, Jr. autographed mini-jerseys are available today for an extra charge. Each player autographed mini-jersey is a different price depending on the experience and honors earned by the particular player. Please email sales@omj29.com to request a price for whichever player you are interested in.
    ...under the FAQ...


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    Re: The Stride of Eric Dickerson

    Dickerson was an incredibly thrilling running back and one of the best from his era.
    He was THE most exciting running back to watch in NFL history IMO. Breathtaking is the word that comes to mind for me when I think about watching him run. Absolutely breathtaking.

    Quote Originally Posted by bigredman View Post
    I forgave the Rams for letting Bettis go. Letting Dickerson go was the worse move in Ram history in my opinion.
    I agree. This one still haunts me. To think what could have been with the one-two punch of Dickerson and Everett both in their prime. It's unfortunate that things between the Rams and Dickerson deteriorated to the point where a trade was the only answer. Dickerson should have been made the highest paid back in the NFL, with no questions asked.

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    Re: The Stride of Eric Dickerson

    Originally Posted by BigRedMan
    I forgave the Rams for letting Bettis go. Letting Dickerson go was the worse move in Ram history in my opinion.
    To some that monster of a deal was heartbreaking. To others it was infuriating. To my seven year old son it was the former, to me the latter.

    But it will always be a joy to remember and revisit those wonderful, powerful and awe-inspiring runs. No head fakes in the backfield, perhaps a move or two at the trenches: start from a handoff, a pitch or a pass ... slam strong through enemy territory then shift to high gear and off to the races. A gliding, speeding Bighorn Ram of blue and gold titatnium. Ever so graceful in the sprint.

    Eric Dickerson. What a sight. :r

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