Eric Dickerson cites “miscommunication” with Kurt Warner, Jerry Rice over HOF letter

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Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson is spearheading an effort to get more for the players who made the game what it is. And he now admits that he took a liberty or two with reality in order to make the effort seem stronger than it is.

Dickerson has posted a statement on Twitter accepting responsibility for a miscommunication with fellow Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Kurt Warner, whose names were added to the letter threatening a boycott of future Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies unless the league does more for former players. Both Rice and Warner have said they do not support a boycott.

Dickerson’s acceptance of responsibility was hardly unconditional and unequivocal.

“[T]his is typical NFL pitting players against each other,” Dickerson said, “whether it’s retired players versus Hall of Famers or whether it’s players who are on the Hall of Fame board versus players supporting the cause. At the end of the day, the NFL’s strategy is simply to take attention away from the major issue at hand, which is that the NFL is past due on doing right by the players.”

Dickerson also has made it clear that he’s not seeking benefits for only Hall of Famers, but for all former players.

Where this goes remains to be seen. But former players don’t really have much leverage other than to try to win the P.R. battle or, for the Hall of Famers, to not show up at the Hall of Fame enshrinement weekend. While Dickerson may be on board with that, it’s not clear whether other Hall of Famers are.

63 responses to “Eric Dickerson cites “miscommunication” with Kurt Warner, Jerry Rice over HOF letter

  1. I don’t know much about Dickerson as I was not around during his heyday, but this sort of incident should pretty much ruin his professional credibility. From what I’ve read, he didn’t have much as it is. He should just fade off into the sunset and move on.

  2. One of the most if not THE most corrupt individual to ever play college ball and didn’t change all that much in the NFL. They could have picked a better spokesperson

  3. Just stop now before you turn away more good fans. If you need money start signing autographs at the mall. Or sell your gold jacket. Just don’t drag great players from my childhood into this

  4. Players have to band together
    the NFL has used them, abused them and thrown them away
    it produces billions upon billion of dollars in profits every year
    health care is not too much to add, especially considering how the NFL has ignored health issues (see “Concussion”).
    They put injured players in dangerous situations all the time
    The players need to stand up, band together, and be real men and help every past and present player who has sacrificed so much, just to be treated as a sacrificial goat

  5. This is the real life kill the goose that lays the golden eggs. As more and more special interest enter and more players act up because they are disrespected, the more rules are put in place for safety only to have players complain about them. We are all watching the killing of the golden goose. Over time less and less fans will be interested in being part of it.

  6. Didn’t the letter specifically say give HOF players insurance and a pension but now he is saying he meant everybody? Seems like he is having trouble getting all his facts straight.

  7. I don’t think they’re being screwed out of anything they were promised, it’s nice to think of the guys from the 60’s, maybe early 70’s, but after that, it was clear what your year-round job was, how much it paid, and how long it would last for most guys. They’re not owed anything. Still the owners do quietly take care of many former players, like Al Davis took care of Jim Otto, etc. But now that revenues have gotten into the billions former players want to say they’re owed more? Sounds opportunistic to me

  8. eric dickerson had to take a pay cut when he came to the NFL his rookie season after the money grab at SMU. He has zero cred when it comes to honesty. And dont be fooled Eric is just an old,tired worn out version of AB, all about him.

  9. Think this is embarrassing? Wait until the next generation of retirees starts demanding free money. How is it the NFLs fault these clowns didn’t save their money? It’s not the NFLs job to take care of these grown men for the rest of their lives.

  10. The early players need and should get help. Not just hall of fame players. But I think guys like Dickerson made plenty of money. Contracts since the 80’s have been pretty significant. The old guys who had to work jobs selling cars in the off-season are the ones to focus on.

  11. I still believe Warner told him he could add his name to the letter before he realized the NFL Network would be pissed about it.

    Kurt tells Eric “Hey man I could lose my job over this” Eric: “Ok, ok, I will just say it was a miscommunication. Jerry is mad also. The NFL trying to pit us against eachother”

  12. Please go away. Nobody cares about you anymore. If you didn’t save money, that’s on you. If you think anybody cares, you’re only reinforcing your lack of self awareness

  13. No sympathy for these guys. They made enough when they played to support them for life. Try living on my pension and SS.

  14. I recall Dickerson was vocally unhappy with the Rams as a player. Then vocally unhappy with the Colts after he was traded to them. Then dissatisfied with the Raiders.
    He proudly spoke of his complaints about how SMU treated their alumni, and did the same regarding Jeff Fisher and the new LA Rams.
    I see a pattern

  15. Get ready for this:

    Warner and Rice: “I didn’t give you permission to put my name on that boycott letter.”

    Dickerson: “So you’re against former players getting insurance and other benefits?”

    C’mon Eric. We know you’re thinking it.

  16. If Dickerson is speaking about players from the NFL’s beginning to, say 1980, maybe a few years beyond that, (can’t help but thinking about Earl Campbell), then cool.

    The players since maybe 1990, or maybe 1995 to current, sorry. S.O.L.

    Funny thing is, there’s plenty of fans who want players to get everything they can. That said, every NFL player doesn’t care about your (insert fan name here) retirement/pension, etc.

    So why should we care?

  17. Money grab. That’s all this is. I’m going to hit my old company up for cash and health care.
    Stay tuned, I will let everyone know how it goes.

  18. I was not surprised to see his name as one of the signees of “the letter.” There were a few names that made my eyebrows jump to the middle of my forehead, but those turned out to be untrue. I remember as a kid hearing the MNF football touting Eric Dickerson and the Rams, and after every occasion of seeing him play, saying he is no Sweetness, or Craig, or Walker, or Thomas. Dude was good, but not good enough to have the voice he has today.

  19. Considering the lengths that the NFL has gone to obfuscate concussion problems over the years (making the tobacco industry look like a joke), I’d say the NFL is easily winning the PR battle.

    If anyone truly loves their child, how would they be okay with them playing football-knowing the risks about a lifetime of chronic pain and brain injuries that we know now?

  20. Giving all these 22 year olds multiple millions and watching them blow it on dumb stuff.

    That’s trickle down economics

  21. delaney smith says:
    September 18, 2018 at 10:12 pm
    eric dickerson had to take a pay cut when he came to the NFL his rookie season after the money grab at SMU. He has zero cred when it comes to honesty. And dont be fooled Eric is just an old,tired worn out version of AB, all about him.

    ————
    Eric has always been about exploiting a situation to pad his wallet. He got paid big at SMU and was miffed that another player messed that up. He was jealous of Walter Payton’s pay check once in the NFL. Eric is greedy….this is about him getting paid! He’ll use anyone to get that done.

  22. If players want to get paid for life after retirement they can try this thing called a Savings Account. Or if they lack the discipline to save their own money they can copy the Federal government and implement a Social Security scheme where 12 percent of their income is taxed by the league and put into a retirement pension plan.

  23. This is why there’s a Players Association. Just like labor unions handle pensions for former employees the PA should do the same. It’s not the employers job to retroactively start paying former employees when that wasn’t part of the original contract.

  24. This is what happens when you “retire” at 30 and imagine not working for the next 60 years off of your $30 mil. But you forget your lavish lifestyle, family and moochers. See the other players who start businesses, become talking heads or join teams to remain employed. That’s what he should’ve done, now he’s looking for a handout.

  25. If you want to make all the money you want, be a boss instead of having one. That’s what is great about America, if you’re brave and strong and dedicated enough you’ll come out on top. Or you can just be union goon and always focus on how much the other guy has and live a life of jealousy. The lowest paid NFL rookie player makes more than 10 times what the average American takes home. After 3 years it’s about 18 times more. These “man children” need to grow up and accept the responsibility that comes with being an adult in the land of opportunity, not the land of guaranteed free stuff.

  26. I shouldn’t have to pay bills, stay outta jail, be personally responsible and work 80 hours a week…but I do because I want to be happy. Seems this country is becoming a cesspool of people who actually strive to do nothing and get everything. The entitlement and victim complex is embarrassing and ridiculously sad.

  27. “Dickerson also has made it clear that he’s not seeking benefits for only Hall of Famers, but for all former players.”

    But for now, all he wants it for is the HOF’ers.

    I’m sorry, but it’s not clear to me that he is attempting to do anything for “all former players”.

    “Me first. After I get mine, I’ll see if I can get you some scraps…”

    signed – Eric Dickerson

  28. Players have to band together
    the NFL has used them, abused them and thrown them away
    it produces billions upon billion of dollars in profits every year
    health care is not too much to add, especially considering how the NFL has ignored health issues (see “Concussion”).
    They put injured players in dangerous situations all the time
    The players need to stand up, band together, and be real men and help every past and present player who has sacrificed so much, just to be treated as a sacrificial goat
    ———————————————–
    Ok, now this isn’t very bright.
    These guys knowingly put their bodies on the line and they did so out of greed. Players want millions and they are willing to take the risks. Having fancy cars and big houses mean more to these guys than long term health. This is evidenced by full rosetrs in 2018 with plenty of CTE data out there. Despite this data–they still play.
    You can’t fault a business for simply providing the tools to make these millions. You certainly can’t come back after your days are over and ask for a hand out. That doesn’t work anywhere in life.
    NFLers have been notoriously bad with their finances. Yes, some guys do well but for the most part these guys end up broke after their careers and most of that is due to poor spending/saving habits.
    Why should the NFL pay for their ignorance and insistence on living a rock star lifestyle while playing?

  29. According to Wikipedia, he is worth $10MM. He was paid during his time in the NFL and if he didn’t save his money, shame on him. I think his highest contract was for $1.4MM per year. Certainly ED is smart enough to put some of that aside, right?

  30. someone please tell me how Dickerson’s greed differs from that of 32 billionaire owners?

    is it that he doesn’t have a $40M human shield to filter his foolishness through?

    why shouldn’t players have a modest retirement plan funded by players and management in accordance to their percentage of the profits, that includes a generous all-encompassing health package for their unique health concerns after retirement and that grandfathers back to the eras where players had nothing of the sort?

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