Thanks to all of you who responded to the last post. As always, I appreciate hearing from you.
I’m not sure I’ll be able to post anything after the Jacksonville game. I’ll give it my best shot but I’ll be taking a little time off and then I’ll be back for the game against Indianapolis.
The Jacksonville game will be special for a reason unrelated to this year’s team: Former Broncos running back Terrell Davis will be inducted into the Broncos Ring of Fame. I have some thoughts on that. Thanks for reading and I’ll be back soon!
It is hallowed ground reserved for the greatest of Broncos. Its membership is a who’s who of Broncos legends.
Sunday, the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame welcomes another member: Running back Terrell Davis.
Davis spent his entire seven-year career with the Broncos, playing from 1995-2001. His career cut way too short by injuries, he nonetheless compiled an impressive resume. Davis rushed for 7,607 yards and 60 touchdowns and averaged 4.6 yards per carry.
Davis was limited to 20 games in his last three years. But during his first four seasons, he piled up a staggering 6,413 rushing yards, 56 touchdowns and average of 4.8 yards per carry.
He is one of five players in NFL history to top 2,000 rushing yards in a single season, finishing with 2,008 in 1998. He was the NFL Most Valuable Player for the 1998 regular season, a year after winning the MVP in Super Bowl XXXII.
A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Davis still holds 12 all-time Broncos records and he also holds the NFL record of rushing for 100 or more yards in seven consecutive postseason games. The Broncos won all seven of those games.
Broncos wide receiver Rod Smith played with Davis on Denver’s Super Bowl championship teams during the 1997 and 1998 seasons.
“I don’t think we do nearly the things we did without him,” Smith said. “(He was) blue collar, very unselfish and very professional.”
Broncos safety John Lynch was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while Davis was running roughshod over NFL teams.
“When the Denver Broncos were at their pinnacle, you knew that first and foremost you had to attempt to stop the running game and T.D. was as big a part of that as anyone,” Lynch said.
“I remember watching highlights where he was out of the game by (the end of) the third quarter and still had 180 yards. T.D. was the guy that made it go. He was a special, special player,” Lynch recalled.
Perhaps more importantly, Davis is a special person, too.
“I think T.D. the person is a lot better than T.D. the football player and people don’t understand that unless you’re with him,” Smith said. “He’s like the family member you wish you had. He’s one of the best people I know, not just football players. He’s one of the best people I know.”
Today, Davis takes his rightful place in the Broncos Ring of Fame. There could be another honor to come in the future.
“The next step’s the Hall of Fame,” Lynch said. “He deserves it.”