HOF running back Dickerson talks bounties, shady UT recruiting

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by Daniel Gotera / KHOU 11 Sports

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Posted on June 24, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 24 at 10:47 PM

HOUSTON – Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson was in Houston on Sunday night and he wasn’t holding back on some of the key issues pertaining to the NFL in 2012.

In an interview with KHOU 11 Sports, Dickerson said he wasn’t surprised to hear of the bounty scandal engulfing the NFL and acknowledged that there were indeed bounties back when he played.

"Bounties have been going on for years," said Dickerson. "I called a buddy of mine, Richard Dent of the Bears, and I asked him if they had a bounty out on me. He told me ‘Well, we didn’t have a bounty on you, but we had a hard hit and a hard tackle and we got paid on that."

Four New Orleans Saints players have been suspended by the NFL after it was discovered defensive coordinator Greg Williams ran a bounty, paying players for hard hits and injuries.

"The only problem I have with it is if a guy takes a cheap shot," said Dickerson. "Football is football, they are going to knock you out and I think any player would have a problem with a cheap shot on them. But that’s the sport. In meetings, they say, ‘Knock him out’, that’s just what they say."

Dickerson also wasn’t shy on talking about his days being recruited out of Sealy High School. He told the crowd at a Moran Norris fundraising event a funny exchange he had with a coach from the University of Texas back when he was 17 years old.

"It was four coaches, they knew I kind of wanted to go to Oklahoma, but one of the coaches took me to a back room in my mother’s house and said ‘Look son, it sound like you’re not interested in going to your state school’," said Dickerson. "He told me if you don’t go to your state school, we will make sure you won’t be able to get a job in the state of Texas after you graduate. I walked off went back and told my mother to get them out of the house."

Dickerson ended up choosing SMU, where he became a 2-time All-American. Dickerson was then drafted by the Los Angeles Rams and played for 11 seasons in the NFL.

The Sealy native went on to talk about the Houston Texans as well. You can listen to the whole interview by clicking on the video above.

 

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