Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson returned as a member of the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday, signing a one day contract to officially retire as a member of the team with whom he's mostly closely associated.
Later in the day, General Manager Les Snead announced the Rams hired the 56-year-old Dickerson as Vice President of Business Development.
“Really with the main goal of doing what he did for me a long time ago – bridging fans to our organization and then not only making them fans of the Rams, but making a difference in their life,” Dickerson said.
Dickerson, who played for the L.A. Rams from 1983 to ’87, will host sponsors and VIP guests and work in the community as the Rams try to build a presence in the city they returned to a year ago after 21 seasons in St. Louis.
“It’s an honor for me to be sitting here. It’s like getting drafted all over again, " said Dickerson, who added, “I love my football team. I do, I love my football team. I just want our team to be very successful – not just playing on the field, but also off the field – in the city, in the community.”
The L.A. Rams drafted Dickerson with the second overall pick in the 1983 NFL Draft. After a little over four seasons, Dickerson demanded more money from the team, infamously telling then head coach John Robinson to “Run 47-Gap himself,” a reference to the play that made Dickerson a star. At an impasse with the Rams, he was traded to the Indianapolis Colts on Halloween in 1987. Dickerson later played for the then-Los Angeles Raiders and retired as a member of the Atlanta Falcons in 1993.
Dickerson earned Offensive Rookie of the Year honors with the Rams, rushing for a rookie record 1,808 yards. He also still holds the all-time single season rushing record gobbling up 2,105 the following year.