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His style was iconic and vintage ’80s: aviator goggles, Jheri curls, neck roll, boxy pads.

Eric Dickerson is the greatest player in Los Angeles Rams history and the NFL’s single-season record holder for most rushing yards. In 2019, Dickerson was named to the National Football League’s 100th Anniversary All-Time Team. With an elegant upright running style that produced some of football’s most-watched highlights, it was said he was so smooth you couldn’t hear his pads clack as he glided past you.

But during his Hall of Fame career, his greatness was often overshadowed by his contentious disputes with Rams management about his contract. In the pre-free-agency era, tensions over his exploitative contract often overshadowed his accomplishments. "What’s his problem?" went the familiar refrain from the media. Can’t he just shut up and run?

It’s time to reexamine how Eric Dickerson was portrayed. For the first time, he’s telling his story. And he’s not holding anything back.

©2022 Eric Dickerson (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing

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Amazing story

I truly love the Rams and I'm a lifelong fan. I was a fan of Eric Dickerson when I was a kid in the 1980s. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to every word. Although I enjoyed it I do not agree with him on his politics and certain views. overall it's an excellent book that every true die hard Rams fan would enjoy.

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Before my time

I was born in 88 so don’t remember seeing him play. I thought it was insightful into his life. My favorite story was the Lawrence Taylor one lol
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Been a Rams fan since 1977. Born and raised in STL. Became a fan when my aunt took me to a football game in LA. I seen those horns at the coliseum when I was 10. I was hooked. Dickerson was one my favorite players to watch as a Rams/football fan. What an incredible and special talent. When he was traded to Colts it broke my heart. I knew the Rams had a rep of being cheap (lost Ferragamo). But losing the best generational RB was another gut punch. I always wondered why a stud RB in his prime was traded. After listening to this, it seems it was a combo of failure between the Rams and Dickerson. Listening to Eric reading his book was surprisingly conflicting for me. He came across as very bitter and conceited. The constant victimhood while bragging about his sex life with white women seemed odd and to be the main theme of the book. So bizarre. Eric almost seems to be a racist himself some comments. I get it that there is racist garbage people out there. But not every single white person is racist. I do now understand why Eric was on so many teams now. Ultimately I'm saddened. I met Eric at a signing event. He was very nice and polite. Very cool. I guess I didn't know the guy underneath the goggles? I have 3 of his jerseys. Love the football talent. But very conflicted on the man.

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The storyline was interesting

The storyline was interesting with the narrator made it challenging to continue. Overall,, the book was good.

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Full Transparency

ED kept it real. The NFL new schoolers should put a small portion aside for the vets medical or shall we say for themselves one day. The insight inside the game politics is disheartening. This book is a gift to all ED fans young and old. As a kid I loved to watch him glide right by defenders. Lastly, to find out Eric is a good hearted dude makes this book even better. Congratulations on the HOF !

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A real Ram

Dickerson gives us an honest look at a life well lived. He reinforces the essential value of having and being good parents. He entertains the reader with stories about the inner workings of football from before high school past the pros. We lament the real story of his departure from a city that loved. We could have won the Super Bowl over thirty years ago. I wish him good health and continued success.

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GENUINESS

Loved it. Eric Dickersons perspective on life is something I was really able to relate too. I really enjoyed hearing his voice to tell his story.

Waiting on. the movie and/or 30 for 30.

Great job Mr. Dickerson. I'm inspired.

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NOT WORTH YOUR TIME

The performance was painful. I am an NFL fan and besidesthe author telling us he would 'tell us" about something motor about it later (which he never did), I didn't learn a thing. Were was his editor?

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Great Sports Book

I have always been a fan of Eric Dickerson, and have an even greater admiration for him after reading (listening) to his biography.

Well done champ !!!

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A fan of his talent, not his profile

Growing up in TX in the same era, I was and still am in awe of his talent. However, he proved all his critics right with his continued malcontent, dissatisfaction and victim status. He is a poster child for the opportunity, freedom and capitalistic benefits we have in this country and yet he still complains and acts the victim.

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  • 04-26-22

Very enjoyable book.

This book gave me a great insight to behind the scenes of the good things & bad thinks of the nfl.. especially the life of eric dickerson.. a must read..

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  • 03-08-22

Great story, not so great telling

Loved the story- ED has always been one of my favourite players, and it was great to finally hear his story in his own words. If his storytelling was as smooth as his running style, this book would have been perfect. But unfortunately his reading of it is pretty clunky, which at times made it something more to be persevered with, rather than enjoyed fully. If you can get past that, I'd still encourage any fan of ED's to give this book a listen.