The Story of Landon Dickerson and His Current Recovery Process
Every football team has one player that stands out from the rest when it comes to leadership and character. That player's personality seems to help the team more so off the playing field, rather than on it.
Former Alabama Crimson Tide center, Landon Dickerson was exactly that for the Crimson Tide.
This past season, Dickerson was named the 2020 winner of the Rimington Trophy, which is awarded to college football's best center every year. And who better than Dickerson to be awarded with this trophy?
Dickerson has played his last two seasons with Alabama, after transferring from Florida State after his sophomore year.
One of the most devastating things to happen to a college-level athlete is an injury. During last season's SEC championship game, Dickerson suffered from a season-ending knee injury. This injury prevented him from finishing his season by playing in the College Football Playoff and CFP National Championship.
Although Dickerson did not get to play throughout the entire game like he would have wanted, he still managed to play in the final snap of the national championship with Alabama holding a comfortable 52-24 lead. He did so in true fashion too, running up to head coach Nick Saban during the final seconds of the game saying "I'm going out there!"
Saban did not stop him.
Dickerson ran on to the field calling Chris Owens to come out for the final two kneel downs. The 15,000 fans that attended the championship game applauded as he took the field and Dickerson finished his season beside his teammates as they were seconds away from becoming national champions.
Dickerson's story is truly inspiring and the way his teammates talk about him, he was very valuable when it came to the team's success this past year.
During an interview with "Good Morning Football" this past week, Dickerson shared the latest in his recovery process and the upcoming draft.
"I'm doing phenomenal when it comes to recovery and I think I'm right on track with where I need to be" Dickerson said. "The medical staff thinks that I am in a great position health-wise to be ready for this upcoming season."
He also shared his thoughts about his draft hopeful teammates at Alabama.
With eyes on the NFL Draft, while only a handful of teams may need a starting center, any of the 32 clubs could use his personality, his leadership in its locker room.