The Cardboard Bio – Eric Dickerson and Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson has a chance to break Eric Dickerson’s hallowed single-season rushing record. The Los Angeles Rams runner rushed for 2,105 yards in 1984, in just his second season in the NFL. Peterson also challenged Dickerson’s rookie record, too, before he fell short, so this isn’t the first time the  two have tangled.

With that in mind, we take a look back at the careers of Dickerson and Peterson through trading cards in a little feature we like to call The Cardboard Bio.

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1984 Topps Rookie Card #280

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Here Eric Dickerson looks contemplative, as if he’s calculating how much of a pay cut he took from SMU to the frugal Los Angeles Rams.

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1985 Topps Record Breaker #2

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Until the Angels won the 2002 World Series, Eric Dickerson’s record breaking run against the Houston Oilers was the greatest thing to ever happen in Anaheim Stadium. And Dickerson’s mark still stands as the Los Angeles Rams (Anaheim version) biggest legacy. That almost makes me sad. No wait, it does make me sad.

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1987 Topps #146

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With Charles White tearing it up with the replacement Rams in 1987, the team engineered a three-way trade with the Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills on Halloween night. Just when 11-year old Adam was going door-to-door in his Dickerson jersey, none the wiser..

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1988 Topps #13

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Yes, suddenly playing in the warmth of the Southern California sun didn’t seem like such a bad idea, huh? Hope the holdout was worth it.

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1993 Topps Stadium Club  #18

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Wrong on so many levels.

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1993 Upper Deck #231

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True story, I did pub trivia one night and one of the questions was, “What team did Eric Dickerson finish his NFL career with?” I answered the Atlanta Falcons. The moderator said the Raiders. He was wrong, but our whole 10-minute argument could have been settled with this trading card. Or if any of our phones got cell service.

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ADRIAN PETERSON

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2007 Topps Draft Pick (DPP) #135

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If you can ever pick this card up, I suggest you grab it, package it with a JaMarcus Russell card and give it to your friends who are Raiders fans. I’m sure they’ll get a kick out of it. You likely will, too, literally by said Raiders fan.

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2007 Topps #301

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The three-day image here is fitting, since most defenders would swear Peterson is a hologram you just can’t tackle.

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2010 Panini Threads Franchise Fabrics #14

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This card is literally the first time some defenders in the NFC North have actually laid a hand on Peterson. And I know what literally means.

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2007 Bowman Chrome #65

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Coincidentally, Adrian Peterson’s limbs are made of chrome, too. Oh, just kidding. We all know his limbs are made of adamantium.

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2012 Topps  Tall Boy #40

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This card has an old-school look, which is fitting since Peterson has challenged history with his run towards Eric Dickerson’s record.

Football cards courtesy of the Beverly Hills Baseball Card Shop

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