•Walter Payton 's record. Dickerson, who has 11,903 career yards, badly wants to break Payton's alltime league rushing mark of 16,726 yards. He says he would like to fulfill his current contract and then, at 34, decide if he wants to play longer. If Dickerson stays healthy and averages 76 yards a game over the next four years—he has averaged 103 yards for his career—he will pass Payton. "He did it in 13 years," Dickerson says. "If I do it in 12, they can say what they want about me."
All of this adds up to one happy camper. But why should we believe Dickerson now, considering his extreme mood swings of the past? You look at the guy and you sec the smile, the 5.7% body fat (a career low) and you consider what motivates him, and you can draw only one conclusion. "He's on an absolute mission," Meyer says.
Funny how things work out. In Anaheim, Ram coach John Robinson sits in his office, thinking about what could have been if Dickerson's pouting hadn't forced the team to trade him. "I have great sadness that our divorce had to happen like that," Robinson says. "If he had stayed, I think he would have become the greatest back of all time. Now...."
He still could.
2. Are the Bills due?
Frank Reich spots the football and Scott Norwood swings his right leg into it. The ball sails fortysomething yards toward the goalpost. The kick is long enough. The Bills stare in anticipation.
Wait. This isn't Super Bowl XXV in Tampa. It's Buffalo's training camp in Fredonia, N.Y. This field goal attempt was from the left hash mark, not the infamous right hash. And the ball hooked right down the middle, instead of slicing 30 inches wide to the right.
"Should have been that hash mark," coach Marv Levy says good-naturedly.
"I was thinking the exact same thing," says general manager Bill Polian.