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Published on 02/16/2011 at Wed Feb 16 07:01.
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A little over a week ago our beloved Shannon Sharpe finally made it to the Hall of Fame joining only a few other Broncos. At the time of his retirement Sharpe held nearly every tight end record, earned three super bowl rings, and was arguably considered the best tight end of all time. However, Sharpe still was not elected in his first year of eligibility. If someone with the resume of Shannon Sharpe doesn’t make it the first time around, then it makes you think about several other great players.

Through his first four seasons, Davis rushed for 6,413 yards (4.8 yards per carry) and 56 touchdowns. Among the 24 modern-era Hall of Fame halfbacks and fullbacks, only Earl Campbell (6,457, 4.6 yards per carry) and Eric Dickerson (6,968, 4.8 yards per carry) had more rushing yards during their first four seasons; no member of the Hall of Fame matched Davis’ first-four-season 56 rushing touchdowns.

That’s just a little something about a guy we all love to call The Touchdown. Unfortunately, the mainstream media has a severe under appreciation for Terrell Davis and he may wait a long time to see himself in Canton, Ohio. You hear the excuses all the time, “Well you know he only played 8 seasons, and only four of them were when he was healthy.”

Well, you know who also only had a short but insanely productive career? Hall of Famer Gayle Sayers. Gayle Sayers played 7 seasons in the NFL and which only 4 1/2 where when he was healthy. So it makes you think, is there something wrong with the player, or is there something wrong with the system?

What do you think Bronco fans? Will Terrell Davis ever rightfully make it to the NFL Hall of Fame?

Will Terrell Davis ever make it to the HOF?

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  • Jon
  • TD30isMVP

    Sadly, I don't see him getting in. “You can put any back in the Denver Offense” is the mantra that will keep him out as well as his short tenure. TD 30 will always be my MVP, he is a classy guy that worked his butt off to even break onto the roster. Love that dude.

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  • mikebirty

    as the Rev Lovejoy said:
    “short answer yes with an if, long answer no with a but”

  • dogheadbrew

    Let's just check this out in my pseudo-scientific HOF-O-Meter, Running back edition.

    Was he the most dominant RB, for one season? Yes
    Hall of Fame worthy Accomplishment? No
    Was he clearly a dominant RB for several seasons? Yes
    Hall of Fame worthy Accomplishment? Yes
    Did he have a 2000 yard year? Yes
    Hall of Fame worthy Accomplishment? Yes
    Is he a multiple Super Bowl winner? Yes
    Hall of Fame worthy Accomplishment? No
    Is a Super Bowl MVP? Yes
    Hall of Fame worthy Accomplishment? No
    Was he an instrumental cog in multiple championships? Yes
    Hall of Fame worthy Accomplishment? Yes
    Was he productive against the toughest opponents (ie playoffs)? Yes
    Hall of Fame worthy Accomplishment? Yes

    Let's tally the results:
    4 Yes to 3 No

    Looks good… oh wait, there seems to be a couple more questions:
    Did he play on a coast, Illinois or Texas? No
    Hall of Fame worthy Accomplishment? Are there any other teams?
    Did he play in Denver? Yes
    Hall of Fame worthy Accomplishment? Holy crap No! A Thousand times no!


  • MrEast

    Haha, I love it.

  • 5280

    I think he eventually will get in but it will take a looooooooooong time. IMO the only reason he is having a hard time getting in is only and specificly because he was a denver bronco. for some reason this league shits on our team and us as fans. Why that is i have no idea but thats what it is and thats how it is in all sports in denver. I think The Gayle Sayers point of view is the strongest argument to what i just stated. Chicago has always been one of the most beloved cities in all of sports, especially football. but also look at some of the backs playing today that will probably get in and aren't and never will be the back that TD was. I mean, ladanian Tomlinson will probably get in, possibly even in his first year of eligibility, and he isnt even half the back davis was. theres all kinds of players that are already in or will get in even though davis was just as good if not better then most of them.I think the fact that shannahan used to pull TD out of the game in the 3rd quarter, sometimes by half time, because they were beating the shit out of the other team so bad that they could afford to sit him and not risk injuring him, really puts the nail in the coffin for me. I read on that the total number of time he spent on the bench after half time equals 8 QUARTERS!!! THATS 2 WHOLE GAMES!!! shit, he average at least 100 yards a game(an assumption). and in a lot of games he had 125 yards FROM SCRIMMAGE by half time(fact, i.e. the superbowl). Terrel Davis could have SMASHED the all time yards in one game by a running back record if he was used through every game. HOW ON EARTH IS HE INELEGIBLE?!?! Backs that play for a decade never did that. and no back since him, even in the “denver system”, has been able to do that since. One cut and gone. not earl campbell, not eric dickerson, not barry sanders, not oj simpson, or emmit smith, or jamal lewis, or jerome bettis. none of them were as under used as he was and he still did what he did. out of all the broncos not in the hall(or on any team for that matter) Terrel davis, IMO, deserves to be in the most.

  • Aaron McFarland

    I would love to see him get in, but two things are working against him (1) his career was too short(yes Gayle Sayers career was around the same length time frame but most so called experts called him probably one of the best running backs of all time) and (2) He played for the Denver Broncos and the HOF seems a little biased towards our organization (6 Super Bowls and 4 members in the HOF…WTF?). Doubt we will see his name in the HOF anytime soon even though he deserves to be there.

  • herc_rock

    Stop comparing TD w/ Gale Sayers. I love TD as much as anybody, but Sayers was a once in a lifetime, transcendent player.

    I don't think TD will ever get in. He didn't even make the final ballot this year and support appears to be dwindling. I think he only has a chance if he's a veteran's committee nomination in 20 years or so.

    We're fairly represented in the HOF now, in my opinion.

  • jdkchem

    IIRC the 2000 yard season, SB MVP and NFL MVP were all the same year/season.

  • jdkchem

    You're joking right?

  • herc_rock

    You can make a legitimate case for Gradishar, Louis Wright and a few other guys, but all of our guys who were LOCKS are now in.

    I think Nails has the best shot of anyone who's not already in…even Rod.

  • 5280

    HERC UR NUTS! Gradishar isnt in #1. louis wright, steve atwater, rod smith, ed mcCafery, mark schlerath, tom jackson, craig morton, niel smith, kieth traylor, john mobley…should i keep going?? cuz i can. theres a slew of talent that denver has had that deserve to get in and probably wont. And tell me one thing that gayle sayer has done that proves he deserves it more then TD. not saying gayle doesn't deserve to be in, just saying that TD deserves it just as much. not only did sayers play just as long as TD but TD beat him (by a wide margin) in pretty much every relevent statistical running back catagory. TD has more TD's in his first four years then any running back ever in their first 4 years. so how does he not deserve it but sayers does? if he was such a “once in a lifetime, transendent play” then he would have at least cracked on of those mile stones. he was great, dont get it twisted, but TD was just as great.

  • herc_rock

    Like I said, you can make a case for some guys who are borderline (wright, gradishar, atwater) and you can take a giant slug of orange kool-aid for some other guys (schlereth, traylor, mobley, eddie mac – seriously, I love all of thoe guys, but not a single one of them is even borderline HOF material). But our guys who were absolute, no doubt about it-locks are now in.

    Not only is Gale Sayers a two five RB of all time, he's a top five KR/PR of all time. I don’t know if you've seen any footage of Gale Sayers, but the only guy who compares in my opinion is Barry Sanders.

    Comparison stats arguments are irrelevant. Sayers played a 14 game schedule. Over the course of 4 seasons, TD played a full half-season more than Sayers.

  • Rande12

    What did Gale Sayers do that TD didnt again?

  • jay

    Bro, loved your point about Davis spending time on the bench. He had like 181 in the first half against my Cowboys, and literally watched the second half of the game from the sideline. The Broncos are a very respected franchise though. Great points! Jay B

  • jay

    Bro, loved your point about Davis spending time on the bench. He had like 181 in the first half against my Cowboys, and literally watched the second half of the game from the sideline. The Broncos are a very respected franchise though. Great points! Jay B