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A Mile High Salute to the Legacy of Terrell Davis



Terrell Davis

In 1995, the Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan drafted Terrell Davis in the 6th Round of the 1995 Draft. Terrell Davis originally was set on the roster as the sixth string tailback and was not expected to make the final cut. Davis managed to impress the Broncos coaches just after his second pre-season game. Terrell Davis kept improving with each pre-season game and was promoted to starting running back for the season’s opening game. The Denver Broncos now had the rushing attack they lacked in past seasons. Terrell Davis started 14 games during the 1995 season, carrying the ball 237 times, averaging 4.7 yards per run, and scoring eight touchdowns. Davis finished his season with a total of 1,117 rushing yards, becoming the lowest drafted player to ever gain over 1,000 yards rushing in his rookie season.

In 1996, Terrell Davis signed a new five year contract with the Broncos that was worth nearly 7 Million Dollars. That season, T.D rushed for over 1500 yards and set a Denver Broncos record for rushing touchdowns with 13. The Broncos finished the season with a whopping 13–3 record, which tied with the Green Bay Packers for the best in the NFL that year. In the playoffs, Terrell Davis ran for nearly 7 yards per carry in a tough loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The aftermath resulted T.D being voted a first team All-Pro and Pro Bowl for the first of three consecutive seasons.

1997 – 1998 Super Bowl XXXII – Super Bowl XXXIII
In 1997, Terrell Davis broke his own rushing records with 1,750 yards and lead the league with a total of 15 rushing touchdowns. The Denver Broncos finished with a 12-4 record and again played the Jacksonville Jaguars in their first playoff game. Terrell Davis had 184 yards rushing and 2 TDs in the 42-17 victory over the Jags. Terrell Davis joined John Riggins as the only player to rush for over 100 yards rushing in all four of Denver’s postseason games. Terrell Davis was the Super Bowl MVP in Super Bowl XXXII against Brett Favre and the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers, with 157 rushing yards and a Super Bowl record three rushing touchdowns despite having to sit out the second quarter due to concussion. The Denver Broncos managed to pull off the 31-24 victory. New life was born into the Broncos seeing they had lost each of their four previous Super Bowl appearances, and the AFC conference had a 13-year losing streak. In 1998, Terrell Davis rushed for 2,008 yards becoming a member of the 2000 rushing yards club. Terrell Davis then quickly earned himself a league MVP after his performance, Terrell Davis now had his third straight AFC rushing title, his first NFL rushing title, and his second time being named NFL Offensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press. Once again making it to their second consecutive Super Bowl the Denver Broncos defeated the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII, with Terrell Davis recording 102 rushing yards and 50 receiving yards. Super Bowl XXXIII was the last postseason game in which Davis would play.

Terrell Davis was sent to the Pro Bowl in the 1996, ’97, and ’98 seasons. Nicknamed “TD”, Terrell Davis also made the “Mile High Salute” touchdown celebration famous.

Terrell Davis rushed for 6,413 yards in his first four seasons and 56 touchdowns. Overall, Terrell Davis finished his seven NFL seasons with 7,607 rushing yards, 169 receptions for 1,280 yards, and 65 touchdowns (60 rushing and 5 receiving). He, John Elway, and Peyton Manning are the only three Broncos named league MVP. Terrell Davis is one of only six players ever to rush for more than 1,000 yards in the postseason (1,140), and out of the six he is the only one to do so in a career that lasted less than 12 seasons. TD deserves this tribute to him, he was truly one of the best running backs of all time.



Mathew is the webmaster and CEO for Attitude Sports. Also writes blogs and posts video content.

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