These Top 10 lists can sometimes make you cringe. They sometimes are more notable for who is not listed than who is listed. But give credit to the Total Access crew here — they nailed it on this one.
Total Access counted down the Top 10 rookie seasons of all-time and they came to the only conclusion possible — Eric Dickerson of your Los Angeles Rams in 1983 (the second overall selection that year).
With all due respect to Gale Sayers (22 total touchdowns is a sick record) and Dick “Night Train” Lane, Dickerson’s rookie season was absolutely magical. The Rams needed Dickerson, coming off a post-strike 2-7 campaign. The carpetbagging Raiders came to town and were on the verge of winning a Super Bowl. Dickerson gave Rams fans hope. Too bad he didn’t give the Rams a quarterback.
Dickerson set a rookie record with 1,808 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns. Just amazing. Dickerson would set the single-season rushing record the following season. Anaheim Stadium was the place to be from 1982 through 1986 with the Angels and Rams both competing for titles — but coming up just short. One team because of Gene Mauch, the other because of a lack of a quarterback. (Funny, if the Colts had taken Dickerson with the first overall selection in 1983, the Rams could have ended up with their pick — John Elway.)
Of course, this story does not have a happy ending. Dickerson was traded to the Colts on Halloween in 1987 and for that reason, I will never let my kids (if I have any) trick-or-treat. And yeah, you get what happened later.
Nevertheless, great job by the Network on this one.