As most fans know by news reports, today running back Terrell Davis was voted into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame by the selection committee, which includes owner Pat Bowlen, former GM John Beake, former defensive coordinator Joe Collier, and former play-by-play voice Larry Zimmer.
I know that everyone agrees that this is a great selection, and in my opinion it is one of the best selections ever made by the group.
TD stands as a “great’s great.” One of those guys whom even the greatest players look up to.
Just yesterday Curtis Martin retired after a great and long career, and he had over 14,000 yards rushing.
But nothing compares to four things which Terrell did, and which NO ONE ELSE IN FOOTBALL HISTORY has ever done.
He was a Super Bowl MVP. Very great, but there is one every year. Also, there are only three other RBs (Larry Csonka, Franco Harris and Emmit Smith) who earned that SB MVP in one of two BACK-TO-BACK Super Bowl title years.
He was a regular season MVP. Again there is one every year, but the only other guys in history to win BOTH MVP awards are in the Hall of Fame. Both, that’s the hard part.
Now, let’s double the difficulty of the task.
He rushed for 2,000, one of just five guys ever to do it. So don’t just think that he is one of only five guys to do that, he is one of five to do that while ALSO doing the previously mentioned. Also, he is the only one of those 2,000-yard backs to also score 20 TDs in that 2,000-yard season.
And now for the hard part. Terrell Davis rushed for 100 or more yards in seven straight postseason games, and the Broncos went 7-0 in those games. I would argue that that task is far more difficult than any of the others.
And, he did it in addition to the other three accomplishments. He is a Ring of Famer, and on the basis of the above, he is in my opinion a Hall of Famer.
When someone else does what TD has done, I will tip my hat to him.
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