Posted Fri Jul 27th by Jonathan Douglas
Terrell Davis made the Mile High Salute famous. And on Sunday, Sept. 23rd Bronco Nation will get their chance to salute him when TD is officially inducted into the Ring of Fame at INVESCO Field at Mile High.
Prior to the 2002 regular season, and with much fanfare, Davis made his last appearance in a broncos uniform on Monday Night Football as the Broncos prepared to play a preseason game against the 49ers. Davis was announced as he walked through the tunnel with his teammates. The sold out crowd gave him a standing ovation and he gave them his final Mile-High Salute. After walking to midfield as the lone Bronco’s player at the cone toss, Davis returned to the sideline and the embraces of his fellow players.
That was the last time TD wore the orange & blue, but his memory has never faded. Fans across the country remember his powerful running style. We remember his indomitable will to win in Super Bowl XXXII. We remember his legendary 1998 season in which he rushed for over 2000 yards and the title of NFL MVP. But most importantly, we remember his team spirit and unselfish nature. If John Elway set the bar for competitiveness and drive, Terrell Davis set the standard for teamwork and lack of personal ego.
All that could be summed up in that one salute. A salute for Davis, symbolizing that a trip to the end zone was just part of his job — part of his duty to the team and the fans.
Terrell Davis may be the only player in NFL history to ever be awarded a Super Bowl MVP, a NFL MVP, rush for 2000 yards in one season and record seven consecutive postseason games of more than 100 yards each. But for fans nationwide, the thing he will always be remembered for is that beautifully simple salute.
Here’s to you TD — We salute you!
I must mention this awesome post in Andrew Mason’s blog. Instead of writing anything new regarding this news, Andrew dusts off the article he wrote after that MNF game. It’s as powerful now as it was then and well worth the read: FULL POST