Ex-USC Receiver Sam Dickerson, Hero Of 1969 UCLA Game, Dies

    Sam Dickerson
    Dec. 29, 2015

    Former USC wide receiver Sam Dickerson, whose famous 32-yard touchdown catch while sliding in the corner of the end zone with 1:32 to play versus UCLA in 1969 gave the Trojans a 14-12 victory that sent Troy to its fourth consecutive Rose Bowl, died on Dec. 23 of cancer in Modesto, Calif. He was 66.

    A celebration of his life will be held on Jan. 5, 2016, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom at Wine and Roses in Lodi, Calif. (2505 W. Turner Rd., Lodi 95242).

    The northwest corner of the Coliseum end zone where Dickerson made his historic catch became known as “Sam’s Corner.”

    On the play before his game-winning catch, a pass interference penalty was called against the Bruin defender guarding Dickerson on a fourth down pass from quarterback Jimmy Jones. The Trojans went on that season to beat Michigan in the Rose Bowl, 10-3.

    Overall in his 1969 junior season, Dickerson had 24 catches for 473 yards (19.3 average) and 6 touchdowns.

    He starred at Franklin High in Stockton, Calif., before attending USC. A third round pick in the 1971 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, he had a brief career in the NFL (Green Bay Packers’ taxi squad in 1972) and the World Football League (Portland Storm in 1974).

    He then became a parks and recreation supervisor in Modesto, Calif., for 32 years. He was inducted into the African American Athletes Hall of Fame of Stockton in 1990 and the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.

    He is survived by his mother, Charlie Mae Dickerson, his sister, Robbie Sue Dickerson, a brother, Charles Dickerson, his daughters, TaMiya Dickerson Stallworth and Ta Neesha Dickerson, and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Roscoe Dickerson, and a brother, Guilford Dickerson. # # #