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Even as an NFL rookie, Eric Dickerson seemed bound for greatness
Even as an NFL rookie, Eric Dickerson seemed bound for greatness

Eric Dickerson didn't look all that special, not to the man in the hat. The Los Angeles Rams rookie, who's approaching the 30th anniversary of breaking the NFL's single-season rushing record, had a rather inauspicious debut. It came in Irvine during a joint practice with the Dallas Cowboys in the summer of 1983. Only rookies participated and the Cowboys brought 80 of them, dwarfing the Rams' squad of 25. Dickerson was nervous as it was, having been a Texas kid who played his college ball at Southern Methodist in the heart of Cowboys territory. He had a bone to pick with the Cowboys, too, because word got to him via Rams coaches that Dallas would have passed on him...

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