The Los Angeles Rams announced that Eric Dickerson will return to the team he began his Pro Football Hall of Fame career with as vice president of business development.
“It’s a proud moment for me to be back as a Ram, with an organization that I have a lot of passion for and I’ll always be passionate about it,” Dickerson said Tuesday at California Lutheran University, where the team practices.
Dickerson said he will sell suites at the stadium under construction in Inglewood where the team is set to begin playing in 2020 and appear at community events.
In his new role, Dickerson will bring “fans to our organization and then not only (make) them fans of the Rams, but (make) a difference in their life,” said general manager Les Snead.
Snead recalled watching CBS’ telecast of Dickerson and his Southern Methodist University teammates playing in the Cotton Bowl on New Year’s Day, 1983 and then missing school to watch him be chosen by the Rams with the second pick in that year’s NFL draft, making him a pro football fan “in a college football country,” Alabama.
Dickerson set the NFL rookie rushing record in 1983 with 1,808 yards and the NFL rushing record the following season with 2,105 yards.
Dickerson was traded to the Indianapolis Colts in the midst of a contract dispute in 1987. He played with the Colts through 1991 and with the Los Angeles Raiders in 1992. He completed his playing career in 1993 by playing for the Atlanta Falcons.
Dickerson was selected for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999.
The announcement came four days before Dickerson’s 57th birthday and coincided with Dickerson signing a one-day contract to symbolically retire as a Ram, nearly 24 years after his final game in the league and nearly 30 years after his final game with the Rams.
—City News Service