September 27, 1992 |
So just who is this Raider running back with the No. 29 on his back and the goggles on his face? Eric Dickerson? Not the Eric Dickerson who burst into the NFL with the Rams and later played for the Indianapolis Colts, taking on both tacklers and controversy with a ferocity that guaranteed him the high regard of those he played against, but sometimes low regard from those he played for and with. That Eric Dickerson demanded to be traded by the Rams because he wanted more money.
January 30, 1999 |
As he stands barely a three-yard burst from football's greatest honor, Eric Dickerson knows what you're thinking. "People look at me like, 'There goes a disgruntled player. There goes an ingrate,' " he says. If Dickerson runs into the Pro Football Hall of Fame today as expected, he will do so lightly, with no apologies and no excuses. But he will have one question. "Everybody was mad at me for leaving town for more money, then a few years later, the Rams leave town . . .
May 8, 1989 |
While the book may finally be closed on the Eric Dickerson trade, the mouth--Dickerson's, that is--is not. It's working just fine, thank you, ready and able to expound on topics galore. You're familiar with the history, no doubt: On Oct. 31, 1987--Halloween, of all nights--the Rams traded Dickerson to the Indianapolis Colts and received a windfall of high draft choices, as well as running back Greg Bell. It was a bold and audacious move on everyone's part, beginning with Dickerson's pre-trade rips of management, to the Rams' bluff-calling, to the Colts' willingness to open their wallets to Dickerson's contract demands.
August 3, 1990 |
Eric Dickerson, who once threatened to retire rather than return to the Indianapolis Colts, said Thursday he's ready to come back to the NFL, even if it means playing for the Colts. "I love my Sundays, I just want to play football," Dickerson said during an interview at his home in Malibu Canyon. "I feel relaxed here but I'm ready to get back." Dickerson, due to make $1.
December 4, 2009 |
Being the fastest player in the NFL is a little like being the biggest guy in the bar. There's always someone who wants to tangle. So Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson had to chuckle when he heard Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo wants to challenge him to a race. "He must be stupid or something," said Johnson, adding he could beat Rondo in a game of one-on-one to boot. Johnson, you see, measures his speed against the best of the best. He said he'd love to race Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt in a 40-yard dash, suggesting that would be prime pay-for-view fodder.
November 11, 2013 |
The knock came on an afternoon in early September 1993, after Billy Watson returned home from the Los Angeles County Fair. "I opened the door and there was a baby in a little carrier on the doorstep," Watson recalls. "It was like something you see in the movies. Then I stepped outside and saw this girl running across the street. It was my daughter. " At first, Watson was mad. He and his wife, Janice, had their hands full with a 3-year-old son, Billy Jr. Now their troubled 15-year-old daughter was leaving them her infant son - their grandson.
May 9, 1987 |
Running back Eric Dickerson of the Rams has admitted he accepted money while attending Southern Methodist University and said he was once offered $50,000 in cash by a recruiter for another college. Dickerson made the comments Thursday night at a Boys Town Boosters' athletic banquet in Omaha, where he was making a stop on his anti-drug program tour. "Just like anyone else, I got it," Dickerson said of receiving money from SMU.
September 24, 1988
The Indianapolis Colts and Eric Dickerson! 0-3. It couldn't happen to a more deserving guy. DICK MacDONALD Covina
December 12, 1987
Eric Dickerson's remarks regarding Bo Jackson only show what a low-class crybaby he is. He should be penalized 15 yards for unnecessary use of his mouth. ART SEIDEL North Hollywood
December 19, 1987
Let us finally put to rest the rhetoric regarding the Eric Dickerson trade. The trade had to be made. Eric Dickerson traded himself--he was a cancer to the team. Keeping No. 29 would be like running a marathon with a rock in your shoe. The Rams are playing great football, and if they make the playoffs (who would have thought it possible at 1-7), they deserve a lot more credit than any fair-weather fan can give. JEFF NUZZI San Diego