Eric Dickerson Admits Origin of Legendary Gold Trans Am

Remember how he said his grandmother bought the luxury car? Well...

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1/19/2022 8:26:00 AM

Remember how Eric Dickerson (EricDickerson) said his grandmother bought the gold Trans Am? Well...

Remember how he said his grandmother bought the luxury car? Well...

It’s a tale old as time. Back in 1979, Eric Dickerson was known as one of the best high school football players in the country, and Texas A&M had its eyes set on him. The decades-old rumor was that the school bought him a gold Trans Am to get him to verbally commit to the Aggies—a car he kept even after he flipped his commitment to SMU. The former running back always denied the tale, claiming his grandmother bought him the iconic vehicle. 

That is until an excerpt of his memoir, Watch My Smoke: The Eric Dickerson Story, written with Greg Hanlon, was published in D Magazine, revealing what actually happened with the car. Dickerson explains how he was under significant pressure to go to Texas A&M, even revealing that he received a suitcase filled with $50,000 allegedly from the institution to get him to commit there. He did not take the deals that came his way. 

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