THOUSAND OAKS, CALIF. –Pro Football Hall of Fame RB Eric Dickerson will sign a one-day contract with the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday, Aug. 29 and will continue his retirement as a member of the organization with which he spent his first four full NFL seasons.
"Eric took the NFL by storm the moment he joined the Rams – from an outstanding rookie season, to a string of Pro Bowls and awards, and an unforgettable 1984 season to claim the league's single-season rushing title," Rams Chief Operating Officer Kevin Demoff said. "While Eric has always been a member of the Rams family, we believe that it was time to officially cement his legacy as a member of the Los Angeles Rams, as his accomplishments and contributions to our franchise deserve to be celebrated and remembered forever. We are proud to honor the Hall of Fame career of Eric Dickerson with his family and Rams fans everywhere."
"It feels amazing to sign this contract and officially be a Los Angeles Ram for life," Dickerson said. "My passion for this organization during my playing days and for the players wearing Rams jerseys now, is undeniable. This is where my career started and this is where my heart is, so closing this chapter with the Rams back in Los Angeles feels right. I would like to thank Stan Kroenke and the Rams for this opportunity and all of the fans for their outpouring support over the years."
Dickerson was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams No. 2 overall in the 1983 draft. His rookie season was one to remember and ranks among the most prolific rookie seasons in NFL history. Dickerson still holds NFL rookie records for most yards gained in a season (1,808) and attempts (390), and he ended the season with NFC and NFL Rookie of the Year honors. The former Southern Methodist standout followed up his impressive rookie season by posting the NFL's single-season rushing record (2,105 yards), breaking O.J. Simpson's mark (2,003 yards) on Dec. 9, 1984 – rushing for 215 yards in a 27-16 win over the Houston Oilers at Anaheim Stadium.
Dickerson ranks seventh on the NFL's all-time rushing list with 13,259 yards and ranks ninth in attempts with 2,996. He rushed for more than 100 yards 64 times, which ranks third on the NFL's all-time record list. Dickerson was a six-time Pro Bowler and earned five All-Pro selections in his 11-year career in addition to leading the league in rushing four seasons.