Dickerson was born and raised in Texas. In high school he was Texas state school 100-yard champion. He was 2nd choice pick in the 1983 National Football League draft, and played for the Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Rams, Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders. He was formerly the no. 2 all-time best rusher in the NFL. He was adopted.
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