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  • 2008 Reasons T.D. Must Be In The Hall

    By Mark Kiszla
    Denver Post Staff Columnist
    07/29/2007

    Lets start banging down the doors to the Pro Football Hall of Fame for Terrell Davis. Anybody who votes to keep him out does not know the game.

    Ask yourself this: Needing 3 yards to move the chains on third down in the tense, final minutes of a tied game, who ya gonna call to carry the rock? The No. 5 worn by Paul Hornung, given a Hall pass only because he appeared golden when reflected in the glory of the Green Bay Packers dynasty? Or the No. 30 on the sturdy back of T.D., who twice carried the Broncos to the NFL championship? There's not even a doubt which of the two running backs Vince Lombardi would have picked to run to daylight.

    But let's be honest here.

    Taking all the hits while rushing for 2,008 yards in a single season will not be as difficult for T.D. as wedging one lousy foot in the door at the Hall of Fame. "When I look back at the other running backs that have made the Hall of Fame and where (Davis) ranks with his accomplishments - MVP of a Super Bowl, MVP of the league, rushing for over 2,000 yards, I would be very surprised if he was not inducted into the Hall of Fame," Broncos owner Pat Bowlen said Saturday.

    The truth, however, is nastier.

    The Pro Football Hall of Fame hates Denver.

    That not only aggravates Bowlen, but it should worry coach Mike Shanahan and cornerback Champ Bailey if they have any aspirations of seeing a brilliant career end in Canton, Ohio. You can't get there from here. Unless your name is John Elway.

    Win for win, no NFL team of the past 30 years has been more ignored by the Hall of Fame than the Broncos.

    Way too much football history has been made in Denver to have Elway as the franchise's lone member of the pro game's most exclusive club.

    And the case is already being made against Davis, who will be honored by a welcome to his own team's Ring of Fame later this year.

    Here's the rap: T.D., a product of Denver's offensive system, was as an old man by age 30, and injuries robbed the longevity from his pro career.

    We hear the argument.

    But maybe we should give those bashers of T.D. a slightly altered version of the Mile High Salute.

    If greatness is defined by coming up big when it matters most, then check the numbers compiled by T.D. in the NFL playoffs: 1,140 yards rushing on a 5.6 average with a dozen touchdowns, to say nothing of bravely running blindly on the field with a migraine in Super Bowl XXXII. It's hard to deny what Davis achieved against rugged competition in those eight postseason games is as spectacular as anything Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers did in the best of his seven short seasons with the Chicago Bears.

    Hall of Fame voters have ripped off Broncos linebacker Randy Gradishar, and it's too late to expect them to start giving proper credit to the Orange Crush defense now. So the NFL owes Denver.

    A good way to make amends would be to recognize that T.D. was the most essential player in making a great football city's fondest dreams come true.

    "We don't win those Super Bowls without Davis," Shanahan said.

    Sure, tight end Shannon Sharpe might be too loud for the voters to keep out. But the contributions of tackle Gary Zimmerman, receiver Rod Smith and any other hero from the Super Bowl years could well be ignored for decades to come.

    "It has always been a thorn in my side that the team has played in six Super Bowls, won two and is a team that has had a lot of great players. We have one player in the Hall of Fame, in John Elway," Bowlen said. "I've made it clear as a member on the board of the Hall of Fame, that I think our process on electing players into the Hall of Fame is flawed."

    Only one thing can prevent the gatekeepers to the Hall from admitting Davis.

    And it's not his history of injuries.

    It's a history of voter stupidity.


    http://www.denverpost.com/ci_6489957?source=rss

  • #2
    he should deff make it into the hall of fame....hes done everything a rb can possibly do. not to mention no rb has rushed for more yards in a whole season(including playoffs).

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    • #3
      I think we need to make a list of the top 10 Denver Bronco players that deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.

      I don't know all the greats, but here are a few that I believe should be.
      I know that there are a few playing now that I believe deserve it too, but lets stick to those who are retired.

      1)Terrell Davis
      2)Shannon Sharpe
      3)Gary Zimmerman
      4)Randy Gradishar
      5)Steve Atwater
      6)Karl Mecklenberg
      7)Floyd Little


      Is there anyone else?


      Of those currently involved with the Broncos,

      Mike Shannahan
      Rod Smith
      Pat Bowlen
      Champ Bailey
      John Lynch

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        • #5
          Lionel Taylor, Floyd Little, Randy Gradishar, Gary Zimmerman should've all been first ballot HoF'ers imo. I expect Shannon Sharpe to be just because he's in the media so much. T.D., I don't know. I think he was one of the best RB's ever, and his career is comparable to Gale Sayers (who is in the HoF). I'm always just amazed, like Bowler said, that a team who has been to six Superbowls and is one of the most winning in history only has one player in the Hall. Ridiculous.


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          • #6
            Originally posted by NameUsedBefore View Post
            Lionel Taylor, Floyd Little, Randy Gradishar, Gary Zimmerman should've all been first ballot HoF'ers imo. I expect Shannon Sharpe to be just because he's in the media so much. T.D., I don't know. I think he was one of the best RB's ever, and his career is comparable to Gale Sayers (who is in the HoF). I'm always just amazed, like Bowler said, that a team who has been to six Superbowls and is one of the most winning in history only has one player in the Hall. Ridiculous.
            Your post made me remember watching some of these people play, and I thank you. Randy Gradishar is especially robbed by not being inducted. But then I started to remember that back then, my Hometeam kinda sucked. I think that, combined with Denver not getting any press from a big market combine to screw some of our Greats.

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            • #7
              If only TD's career would have been longer, then I know he'd be in for sure. People can definitely make a case against him, as much as it hurts me to say it, just for the fact that he doesn't have the career statistics. I didn't know there was only one Bronco in the HOF, either! That is just plain ridiculous.
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              • #8
                TD should be in the HOF in my opinion........although I am biased. The only reason TD won't get in or at least take a while will be longevity. Unfortunatly his career was cut short because of injuries otherwise he is a first ballot. Over time his chances will get better considering he came quite close on the voting this year.
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                • #9
                  Good find ColumbiaSkinny. It's hard to stomach the fact that so many deserving Broncos Alumni’s have been over looked by the HOF voting council. Terrell Davis certainly deserves a spot in Canton for what he was able to accomplish during his years as a Denver Bronco. Terrell Davis made a good team great, and every Bronco fan knows that without TD the Broncos would not be a part of the elite NFL franchises, that not only have a Superbowl victory but Back to Back Superbowl victories.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by diesel51 View Post
                    I think we need to make a list of the top 10 Denver Bronco players that deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.

                    I don't know all the greats, but here are a few that I believe should be.
                    I know that there are a few playing now that I believe deserve it too, but lets stick to those who are retired.

                    1)Terrell Davis
                    2)Shannon Sharpe
                    3)Gary Zimmerman
                    4)Randy Gradishar
                    5)Steve Atwater
                    6)Karl Mecklenberg
                    7)Floyd Little


                    Is there anyone else?


                    Of those currently involved with the Broncos,

                    Mike Shannahan
                    Rod Smith
                    Pat Bowlen
                    Champ Bailey
                    John Lynch

                    Help me out..
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                      • #12
                        TD will get into the Hall, but chances are it wont be for atleast another 5 years just because his career was cut short, but I cant see the voters passing up on a guy who did what he did in such a short career..

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                        • #13
                          If Curtis Martin gets in before TD I will lose it! Curtis Martin was a good back for a long time, but TD was the best! Do they take in consideration that the year that TD ran for 2000 yards it could have been more like 2500. He was so dominate, that even though teams knew that we were running the ball, they couldn't stop it. When we needed the big first down, we turned and gave it to TD. It just makes me mad that TD is getting treated this way, but I don't think it is TD, I think it is Denver. If TD does the same thing for the Jets or the Giants, he is a sure fire HOF RB. They hate Denver, and we need to be bigger @$$holes about getting our guys the respect that they deserve.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by no-pseudo-fan View Post
                            If Curtis Martin gets in before TD I will lose it! Curtis Martin was a good back for a long time, but TD was the best! Do they take in consideration that the year that TD ran for 2000 yards it could have been more like 2500. He was so dominate, that even though teams knew that we were running the ball, they couldn't stop it. When we needed the big first down, we turned and gave it to TD. It just makes me mad that TD is getting treated this way, but I don't think it is TD, I think it is Denver. If TD does the same thing for the Jets or the Giants, he is a sure fire HOF RB. They hate Denver, and we need to be bigger @$$holes about getting our guys the respect that they deserve.

                            I would say the opposite. If TD gets in before Martin, the 4th leading rusher in NFL history, that would be a travesty.

                            Davis had 4 good years. And he is not even in the top 20 in any statistical career category.

                            I believe he was a very good back, but not HOF caliber.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Jared View Post
                              I would say the opposite. If TD gets in before Martin, the 4th leading rusher in NFL history, that would be a travesty.

                              Davis had 4 good years. And he is not even in the top 20 in any statistical career category.

                              I believe he was a very good back, but not HOF caliber.
                              Unfortunately that's what everyone who counts will see. Even though, people wouldn't even be mentioning Martin's name in the same sentence as Davis' if they both played the same amount of seasons.
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