Anthony Dickerson

Anthony Dickerson
No. 51, 58
Position: Outside linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1957-06-09) June 9, 1957
Place of birth: Texas City, Texas
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Pearland
College: Southern Methodist
Undrafted: 1980
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
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Anthony Charles Dickerson (born June 9, 1957 in Texas City, Texas) was an American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and the Buffalo Bills. He played college football at Southern Methodist University.

Early years

Dickerson's family moved to Pearland in 1957, but it was not until after integration that he attended Pearland schools. Before the third grade he attended Ralph A Bunch in Manvel, Texas. In high school, he was a three-year starter at running back.

He began his college career at Henderson County Junior College, where he was an all-conference linebacker from 1975 to 1976. He moved on to Southern Methodist University where he was named captain and a starter at linebacker, finishing with 136 tackles (62 solo), one safety, one caused fumble, and one blocked kick. He also had a game against Ohio State University where he recorded 32 tackles. In 1978, he was let go by head coach Ron Meyer.

On October 1, 2011, he was inducted to the Trinity Valley Community College Cardinal Hall of Fame.[1]

Professional career

Toronto Argonauts

In 1978, he signed with the Toronto Argonauts. He was waived on October 3.[2]

Calgary Stampeders

In 1978, he signed with the Calgary Stampeders and played in two games before being released.

Dallas Cowboys

After being cut by the Calgary Stampeders he moved to Los Angeles and got a job as a maintenance department stock clerk at the Burbank Airport. He was taking business courses at the University of Houston when the Dallas Cowboys signed him as an undrafted free agent in 1980. He made the team because he was one of the fastest linebackers in the NFL and contributed during his first years on special teams and in the nickel defense.

In 1983, he was named the starter at right outside linebacker and ended the regular season with 114 tackles (led team) and 10.5 sacks (second on the team), the most ever by a linebacker in franchise history (it was broken by Demarcus Ware in 2006).

Dickerson entered the 1984 season as a rising star, but the team decided to alternate him with first round draft choice Billy Cannon Jr. and his production dropped to 2 sacks. The next year he was traded to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for a twelfth-round draft selection.[3]

Buffalo Bills

In 1985, he played mainly on special teams and did not start any games. He was released on August 11, 1986.[4]

Miami Dolphins

On August 14, 1985, he signed as a free agent with the Miami Dolphins, who were having health problems with their outside linebackers.[5] He was cut on August 19.[6]


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