In the lineage of all-time great rushers, there was Walter Payton and Barry Sanders and in the middle was Dickerson. After an All-American career at Southern Methodist University, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams and had back-to-back record-breaking seasons. In 1983, he set the record for most rushing yards from a rookie with 1,808. The next year, he broke O.J. Simpson’s single-season rushing record with 2,105 yards. Both records have since been challenged, but neither has been broken.
Dickerson continued to roll throughout the 1980s and reached 10,000 yards faster than any other running back in history. Unfortunately, injuries, suspensions and contract disputes drastically slowed his progress in the last four years of his career. However, the sense of wonder of what might have been still remains on what is already the seventh-best rushing career in NFL history.