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Eric Dickerson

Running Back

Eric Demetric Dickerson

Inducted 2020

Date of Birth



Sealy, TX


Southern Methodist University (1979-1982)


The leader of Southern Methodist’s “Pony Express,” Eric Dickerson set nearly every school rushing record while launching SMU into the national spotlight. Dickerson, a Unanimous First-Team All-America selection in 1982, finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting after leading the Mustangs to a No. 2 final ranking and an 11-0-1 record. Dickerson was a two-time Southwest Conference Player of the Year, leading SMU to back-to-back conference championships in 1981 and 1982. The Mustangs defeated Pittsburgh in the 1983 Cotton Bowl Classic, the team’s first appearance since 1966 and first victory since 1949. He is the school’s all-time leading rusher with 4,450 career yards, and owns 12 other school records, including single-season rushing yards (1,617 in 1982), career rushing touchdowns (47) and career 100-yard rushing games (28). He is also tied with College Football Hall of Fame legend Doak Walker with 288 career points. He was selected second overall by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1983 NFL Draft, playing 11 seasons with the Rams, Colts, Raiders, and Falcons. He was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999.


Height 6'3"

Weight 215

Career Highlights

  • 1982 All-Conference
  • 1982 Conference MVP
  • 1982 Heisman -third
  • 1982 Unanimous All-America
  • 1981 All-Conference
  • 1981 Conference MVP
  • 1981 Second -team All-America
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