The Celebrity Apprentice, the show that gave Donald Trump a platform to criticize celebrities before Twitter, is making its return on Jan. 2, 2017 with a new host and a new group of celebrities. One of the many Apprentice-hopefuls in the upcoming season is former NFL player Eric Dickerson, who will be competing against 15 other stars for the title of Celebrity Apprentice and a large donation to the charity of their choosing. While on the NBC series, Dickerson is just one of 16 contestants, he was one of hundreds of players in the NFL, making it easy to get lost in the shuffle. So which NFL team did Eric Dickerson play for during his professional career?
Despite not having played since the early '90s, Dickerson has maintained quite a legacy. In his first season, he was named "Rookie Of The Year" by multiple organizations in 1983 and the following year, he set the NFL's single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards, which has yet to be beat. Dickerson came out of the gate as one of the most valuable and skilled running backs in the NFL, and proved to be an asset to each of the four NFL teams he played for.
Los Angeles Rams: 1983 - 1986
Dickerson's NFL career started with the Los Angeles Rams, and it's also where he made his lasting impression as an NFL player. During his time with the Rams, he earned Pro Bowl and Player Of The Year recognition for his football prowess. Those seasons helped define him as a player, but Dickerson's success on other teams proved that at his peak, he would be a great addition to any team.
Indianapolis Colts: 1987 - 1991
Dickerson made a name for himself with the Rams, and continued to showcase his skills as a member of the Indianapolis Colts. While the sheen and shine of being the bright new talent had worn off by the time he was traded, Dickerson was still a more-than-capable player in his initial seasons with the Colts.
What's more telling about Dickerson's reputation is that the trade to get him from the Rams to the Colts involved a complicated three-team, 10-player trade that has gone down as one of the most iconic trades in NFL history.
1992-1993: Los Angeles Raiders & Atlanta Falcons
Dickerson faced a suspension and an injury while on the Colts, but continued his career and was traded to the Los Angeles Raiders for one season in 1992, and then to the Atlanta Falcons in 1993 before retiring from the game. At the time of his retirement, he had played 146 games over 11 seasons and run an impressive 13,259 yards.
Though his football days are behind him, Dickerson still seems to be challenging himself and finding new ways to push boundaries. His participation in The Celebrity Apprentice shows that he is not interested in simply resting on his laurels and is instead seeking new endeavors. See Dickerson make a run for the title of Celebrity Apprentice when the show returns on Monday, Jan. 2 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.