That headline seems like some confusing code, but I’ll bet it makes quick sense to Denver Broncos fans.
This week the Pro Football Hall of Fame voters made their choices in bringing the list of 25 names down to the roughly 15 who will be considered for induction in 2011.
The Hall has not yet announced that list, so we cannot be sure if both Shannon Sharpe and Terrell Davis are on it, or not. The common logic is that Sharpe not only will make the list of finalists, but that this will possibly be the year when Shannon breaks through and makes the Hall. It should be. He retired as the all time tight end leader in catches, yards, touchdowns, Super Bowl victories, and Pro Bowls.
Shannon Sharpe is a Hall of Fame cinch, hopefully this year.
But it is way too easy for the national press to underrate the performance of Terrell Davis.
Everyone seems fixated on the fact that due to his career being cut short by injuries, he does not have the yardage total of some other backs.
Agreed. But yards can sometimes be easier to come by than impossible feats.
Just take a moment, if you would, and consider that in the 90-year history of pro football, Terrell Davis accomplished a grouping of five things that no other running back has done, and the likelihood of this complete grouping being done seems very remote.
Davis was a regular season Most Valuable Player.
Davis ALSO was a Super Bowl Most Valuable Player.
Davis ALSO had a 2,000-yard rushing season.
Davis ALSO was a vital player on consecutive world championship teams. Back to back. Easy to say, hard to do.
Davis ALSO is the only back in pro football history to rush for 100 yards in seven consecutive playoff games, with EVERY game won by his team.
The temptation is to dismiss a statistic by saying that other guys have done this. Yes, lots of guys have won MVP, and there is a Super Bowl MVP every year, but the dismissive reader is missing the entire point.
TD did ALL those things.
Now, just consider for a moment, that every single running back is eligible to accomplish these feats. Almost no one ever does even one of them. Only one player ever did them all.
So, if the voters do not think this is valid enough for induction, I say it is a lot easier to drink water than to walk on water.
TD did the virtually impossible.
Due to injuries, his career was limited, making the logical and frequently made comparison to Gale Sayers, The Kansas Comet, who went into the Hall of Fame after a career of just six years. Usually, it is presumed that the stats comparison favors Sayers, and TD is trying to catch Sayers.
Not so fast, says I. The comparison, I believe, actually favors the man not in the Hall, not the very popular and deserving Sayers.
Terrell Davis, in his injury-reduced career, had more yards, more touchdowns, and more championships (Sayers had none), more 2,000-yard seasons (one to zero). Sayers in fact scored 22 touchdowns his rookie year and then averaged just six scored a season every year after that.
This is not meant in any way as a put down of one of the most electrifying running backs and kick returners in pro football history. Gale Sayers is the role model of a Hall-of-Famer.
All I am saying is, so is Terrell Davis.