NFL Network’s ‘A Football Life’ Profiles Hall of Fame Running Back Eric Dickerson

‘Eric Dickerson: A Football Life’ Premieres Friday, October 10 at 9:00 PM ET

“When I loved it, I loved it. It was nothing better.” – Eric Dickerson

“He was just the most remarkable player I ever played with.” – Brian Baldinger

During his 11-year Hall of Fame career, Eric Dickerson was one of the most dominant running backs to ever play the position. As the single-season rushing leader and the seventh-leading rusher of all time, Dickerson’s place in NFL history is unquestioned. Yet, it was the question of what he was worth while he was playing that followed him throughout his career and threatened to overshadow it.

NFL Network’s series A Football Life continues Friday, October 10 at 9:00 PM ET with a profile of the Hall of Fame running back. Eric Dickerson: A Football Life features interviews with Dickerson, his wife Penny Dickerson, former teammates including Craig James, Brian Baldinger, Jackie Slater and Charles Drayton, former SMU and Colts head coach Ron Meyer, former USC and Rams head coach John Robinson and more.

Following the premiere of Eric Dickerson: A Football Life on NFL Network, the episode – along with the entire A Football Life series – will be available on NFL Now, the League’s next-generation video service. Providing fans access to the largest digital library of NFL video anywhere, NFL Now dynamically personalizes each fan’s viewing experience, allowing them to follow their favorite NFL teams and players. Visit for more information.

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Among the topics discussed in Eric Dickerson: A Football Life are:

  • Being recruited by several schools as the No. 1 high school running back
  • The story regarding the Trans Am
  • Career at SMU and forming “The Pony Express” with fellow running back Craig James
  • His record-setting rookie season with the Los Angeles Rams
  • Breaking the all-time single-season rushing record in 1984
  • His contract dispute with the Los Angeles Rams and trade to the Indianapolis Colts

Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.

Eric Dickerson: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:

Eric Dickerson

Penny Dickerson – Eric’s wife

Erica Dickerson – Eric’s daughter

Craig James – SMU teammate

Lance McIlhenny – SMU teammate

John Robinson – Former Rams & USC head coach

Ron Meyer – Former Colts & SMU head coach

Emmitt Smith – Hall of Fame running back

Harvey Armstrong – SMU & Colts teammate

Charles Drayton – SMU teammate

Jackie Slater – Rams teammate

Dennis Harrah – Rams teammate

Leroy Irvin – Rams teammate

Jim Everett – Rams teammate

Brian Baldinger – Colts teammate

John Shaw – Former Rams Vice President

Jim Gray – Sportscaster

Provided below are some select quotes from Eric Dickerson: A Football Life:

“When I loved it, I loved it. It was nothing better.” – Eric Dickerson

“He was just the most remarkable player I ever played with.” – Brian Baldinger

“There was something about Eric that was different. He was tall. He looked like a race horse out there. Half of the defense is afraid to tackle him and the other half are too slow.” – John Robinson

“There was no envelope in the hand, but was Eric taken care of at SMU? Yeah. Did we buy him the car? No. We may have put gasoline in it but we sure as hell didn’t buy it.” – Ron Meyer

“You just couldn’t contain him. You never knew when he was going to break the big run, but you knew it was coming so you never wanted to leave your seat.” – Charles Drayton

“I hated the goggles, don’t get me wrong, but I felt naked without them. Almost like playing without a helmet.” – Eric Dickerson

“The thing that made that record so special is that all of the players were involved in it. Every guy wanted a piece of that…That made me feel good and I think that’s what that record means to me.” – Eric Dickerson on breaking the single-season rushing record

“I heard that all the time. ‘He makes it look too easy, he doesn’t run hard.’ It was always a slight on me.” – Eric Dickerson

“Basically no, I was not thrilled. But that was the only choice I had so I had to try to act like I was pleased.” – Eric Dickerson on being traded to the Indianapolis Colts

“He told me something that I didn’t know. He told me that they promised him that they were going to trade me.” – Marcus Allen on playing with Eric Dickerson with the Los Angeles Raiders

“Did I want him to break it? Absolutely not. If he had broken it, would I have been happy for him? For sure I would have.” – Eric Dickerson on Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson coming close to breaking his record

This season, A Football Life airs Friday at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network. Below is the broadcast schedule for the October and November episodes:

  • October 17 – Doug Flutie
  • October 24 – Terrell Davis
  • October 31 – Ricky Williams
  • November 7 – Earl Campbell
  • November 14 – Csonka, Kiick & Morris
  • November 21 – Lyle Alzado
  • November 28 – Dick Butkus & Gale Sayers


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