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Talk of Fame Network
When Terrell Davis was the best back in the NFL from 1995-98, it was never about the numbers. It was about championships.
Now it is about the numbers — and his lack of them is working against Davis in his bid for induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Davis visits the Talk of Fame Network radio this weekend and discusses his candidacy.
Davis rushed for 1,000 yards in each of his first four seasons with the Denver Broncos, winning his first NFL rushing title in that fourth season with 2,008 yards. He was named the NFL MVP that season — but tore up his knee four games into the 2001 season and never saw 1,000 yards again in the two more seasons that he did play.
“I’m being judged on the numbers now,” Davis said. “But in my 2,000-yard season, there were games I left at halftime and didn’t play in the second half. But I was always taught to be a team player. It was all about team. Just try to win games and be unselfish.
“What’s unfair now is when you’re done, people say, `Your yards weren’t there, or `Your years weren’t there.’ Now it’s all about you as an individual. Part of you can’t help but look back and think, `I should have been a little more selfish.’ But it was just not part of my DNA.”
His DNA as a team player was winning championships — and his Broncos won two of them during his four healthy seasons. Davis was the Super Bowl MVP in one of them. That’s the card he’d play if he ever becomes a finalist. He’s been a semifinalist seven times but has yet to make the final cut to 15.
“Look at the big moments — the playoff games,” Davis said. “If the Hall of Fame is about a person who impacted the game and played at the highest level when the stakes were high, I think I checked all the boxes. If you can raise (your game) and play to the level I was able to play at, during those moments, that speaks for that.
“When you throw in the accomplishments on the team front — two championships — and (winning) every (individual) award you can imagine…I achieved. There was nothing that I did not achieve in the period of time I played. Understand the circumstances why a player didn’t play long enough. Focus more on when I was playing and what I did versus the length of time I played. I’ve accomplished everything that I set out to do in the few years that I played.”
In this special holiday show, Davis also provides the history of the Mile High salute, Dick LeBeau talks of his annual recitation of “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” to the players and coaches on his team and Bill Parcells recalls his favorite Christmas memory at the Vet. Hosts Ron Borges, Rick Gosselin and Clark Judge also discuss other Hall of Fame worthy players who have been passed over, like Davis, because of injury-shortened careers.
Borges addresses the strange relationship between Washington coach Jay Gruden and his quarterback Robert Griffin III in his weekly Borges or Bogus segment, Gosselin explains why running backs and wide receivers have declining value in his weekly Dr. Data, and Judge states the Hall of Fame case for former AFL great Winston Hill of the New York Jets.
All this plus the popular two-minute drill supply a little Christmas cheer as we head into the holidays.