American football player
During his professional football career, running back
Eric Dickerson more often resembled a thoroughbred than a human being.
Game after game, Dickerson electrified fans as he tucked the football
under his arm, then sprinted down the field with all the beauty and
grace of a well-groomed racehorse. Dickerson also possessed an uncanny
ability to read the defense and knew which holes he could burst through
to score. Because of these talents, Dickerson enjoyed many
record-setting seasons in the National Football League (NFL) and was
undoubtedly the most productive ball carrier of his time. Over the
course of his eleven-year career, Dickerson set the NFL record for most
yards rushed in a single season-2,105 yards. He also became the first
player in NFL history to gain more than 1,000 yards in seven consecutive
seasons. When he retired in 1993, his 13,259 career rushing yards was the second best of all time.