Erin Dickerson Says Players Make Sacrifices To Win Super Bowls With The New England Patriots

“They set the bar really high and it hasn’t moved at all,” six-year NFL veteran Dorin Dickerson says. "There was an expectation every time you walked in that building."

Taz and the Moose
October 30, 2018 - 8:00 am
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For anybody in the NFL, the idea of working for an organization like the New England Patriots can be a daunting obligation to fulfill.

After making eight Super Bowl appearances (winning five) in the last 18 years, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have established a winning culture that’s garnered admiration and respect throughout the entire league, and former NFL player Dorin Dickerson experienced this culture first-hand back in 2011.

Reflecting on his short tenure with the team on CBS Sports Radio, Dickerson, who’s now a radio host at 93.7 “The Fan” in Pittsburgh, stated that the Patriots became the ultimate standard for success a long time ago, and this train of thought still continues to this day.

“They set the bar really high and it hasn’t moved at all,” Dickerson said on Taz and the Moose. “I was probably in elementary or middle school whenever they set the bar. There was an expectation every time you walked in that building. It didn’t matter who you were. It didn’t matter where you came from. Everything was erased and you were going to play the way the Patriots played.”

While describing the amount of reverence the Patriots expect from its players, the six-year NFL veteran weighed on being teammates with Chad Johnson (formerly Chad Ochocinco) while playing with the Patriots. Johnson’s eccentric personality was reportedly tame in comparison to his time with the Bengals, and Dickerson credits that to the Patriots’ attitude towards winning.  

“I never heard a word out of him,” Dickerson said. “I remember watching Chad (Johnson) growing up — he was extra and always doing this kind of crazy stuff. He never even spoke because he did what he was required to do in practice and games to win. You know when you walk in that building that you’re going to win, so you sacrifice whatever you need to sacrifice to get to that championship, and we did. When you have the best quarterback ever, it’s kind of hard not to buy into what they’re doing."