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6. Terrell Davis

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6. Terrell Davis

Nowadays, it is expected that if you don't accumulate at least 10,000 Yards as a Running Back that a Hall of Fame slot won't likely come your way.  That line of thinking wasn't much different in the late, and early '00s, but then most Running backs never had a three-year stretch of dominance like Terrell Davis did.

Terrell Davis was only drafted in the Sixth Round, but he impressed so much in training camp that he would start and would become the lowest selected player at the time to have over 1,000 Yards as a rookie.  That was a good 1995 but his next three seasons would become legendary.

In 1996, T.D. rushed for 1,538 Yards with 13 Touchdowns earning him a spot on the First Team All-Pro roster, and had established himself as an elite Running Back in the NFL.  1997 was even better as he climbed to 1,750 Yards and had a league-leading 15 Rushing Touchdowns.  Davis was the Running Back John Elway needed to put them over the top, and the two future Hall of Famers took the Broncos to a Super Bowl XXXII win.  He would rush for 153 Yards and three touchdowns and be named the Super Bowl MVP.  Davis actually had a better season in 1998 where he had NFL leading 2,008 Rushing Yards and 21 Rushing Touchdowns and again won the Super Bowl.  That would be his last postseason game, and he rushed for 1,140 Rushing Yards for 12 Touchdowns.

Sadly for T.D. he suffered a severe injury the following season and was a wreck the next three years before he had to retire early, but the dominance he showed in the late 1990s is what legends are made of.

Davis entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017 and the Broncos Ring of Fame a decade earlier.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Running Back
  • Acquired: Selected in the 6th Round, 196th Overall in the NFL Draft 4/23/95.
  • Departed: Retired after the 2000 Season.
  • Games Played: 78
  • Notable Statistics:

    77 Games Started
    1,655 Rushing Attempts
    7,607 Rushing Yards
    60 Rushing Touchdown
    169 Receptions
    1,280 Receiving Yards
    5 Touchdown Receptions
    80 Approximate Value

    12 Playoff Games
    204 Rushing Attempts
    1,140 Rushing Yards
    12 Rushing Touchdown
    19 Receptions
    131 Receiving Yards

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Super Bowl Champion (XXXII & XXXIII)
    AP MVP (1998)
    PFWA MVP (1998)
    The Sporting News Player of the Year (1998)
    AP Offensive Player of the Year (1996 & 1998)
    UPI Offensive Player of the Year (1996)
    First Team All-Pro (1996, 1997 & 1998)
    Pro Bowl (1996, 1997 & 1998)
    Super Bowl MVP (1997)
    All-Rookie (1995)
    Highest Approximate Value (1997 & 1998)
    Most Rushing Yards (1998)
    Most Rushing Touchdowns (1997 & 1998)
    Most Yards per Attempt (1998)
    Most Rushing Yards per Game (1998)
    Most Touchdowns (1998)

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