No Denver Bronco ever took a handoff and ran with it better than Terrell Davis. That’s as true now in an interview as it was when John Elway turned back from the center and held out the football.
So, here’s 390 words that will forever change how you remember the play that put Terrell Davis on the Broncos’ map once and for all: his thunderclap on 49ers kickoff returner Tyronne Drakeford during an Aug. 6, 1995 preseason game at the Tokyo Dome that made the entire team stand up and take notice.
“The other day I was speaking somewhere and I had to think about really how it all started. For me, I said that there’s really one play in my whole career that I always think about all the time. I don’t talk about it a lot but it’s that play,” he said. “It’s a funny story about what happened. You know the hit, but you don’t know the story behind it.
“So it was the second preseason game in Tokyo. Well, the first preseason game, I didn’t play (much). (He had one carry for no gain.) The second game, chances are I’m not going to play in the second game. It’s past halftime and I’m hungry, man, I’m starving. So about the third quarter, I’ve got hot dogs, I’ve got chili dogs, I’ve got French fries, I’ve got ding dongs, I’ve got Snickers, thinking I’m not going to play.