If anyone could make a Hall of Fame case for what was essentially a four year career, it could be Terrell Davis. His first four years in the Mile High City was the standard by which all Running Backs strived for. Sadly, Davis would become one of the biggest career “what if’s” as injuries took him out of his Hall of Fame chase in his fifth year.
After a solid rookie campaign where he rushed for over 1,100 yards, Terrell Davis embarked on one of the most successful three years a Running Back has ever had. Davis rushed for a combined 5,296 yards and broke the goal line 49 times on the ground. He also had 103 receptions (and another 4 TDs from the air) in that time period. This was also the time of John Elway’s push to finally wear a Super Bowl ring and had it not been for the efforts of Davis this likely wouldn’t have had happened. Davis won the 1997 Super Bowl MVP and become on of a handful of players to rush for 2,000 yards a season. He proved to be a clutch performer as he successfully rushed for 100 yards in all but one (7 for 8) career playoff games.
Like so many, Davis suffered an injury but he tore both his ACL and MCL on his right knee. Davis would come back to play, but to say that he was only a fraction of his former self would be an understatement. He would play another three years, but he will always be remembered for those first four years where he set the league on fire.
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin: San Diego, California, U.S.A.
Eligible Since: 2007
Position: Running Back
Played for: Denver Broncos
College: Long Beach State/Georgia
Drafted: 1st Round, 10th Overall in 1993
Major Accolades and Awards: NFL Most Valuable Player (1) (1998) NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2) (1996 & 1998) Super Bowl MVP (1997) Pro Bowl Selections (3) (1996, 1997 & 1998) First Team All Pro Selection (3) (1996, 1997 & 1998) NFL 1990’s All Decade Team Most Rushing Yards (1) (1998) Most Rushing Touchdowns (2) (1997 & 1998) Most Yards/Rushing Attempt (1) (1998) Most Rushing Yards/Game (1) (1998) Most Touchdowns (1) (1998) Super Bowl Rings (2) (Denver Broncos, Super Bowl XXXII & XXXIII)
Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards (4) (1995, 1996, 1997 & 1998) Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Touchdowns (3) (1996, 1997 & 1998) Top Ten Finishes: Yards/Rushing Attempt (4) (1995, 1996, 1997 & 1998) Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards/Game (5) (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 & 2001) Top Ten Finishes: Touchdowns (3) (1996, 1997 & 1998) Top Ten Finishes: Points Scored (1) (1998) Top Ten Finishes: Yards from Scrimmage (3) (1996, 1997 & 1998) Top Ten Finishes: All Purpose Yards (3) (1996, 1997, & 1998)
Notable All Time Rankings: 3. Rushing Yards/Game: 97.5 40. Rushing Touchdowns: 60 45. Rushing Yards: 7,607 100. Touchdowns: 65
Years Nominated for the Hall of Fame: Semi Finalist: 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010