FORMER BRONCOS RB TERRELL DAVIS ELECTED TO PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
HOUSTON — Former Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017, it was announced on Saturday night at NFL Honors from Wortham Theater in Houston.
Chosen by the 48-person Selection Committee as one of five modern-era inductees for the Class of 2017, Davis will be officially enshrined in Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, in August as the main event of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week.
“Terrell Davis has long been recognized as one of the greatest Broncos in team history,” Broncos President & CEO Joe Ellis said. “With today’s news, he takes his rightful place among the greatest players in NFL history in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“Our entire organization is extremely proud of ‘TD’ becoming this franchise’s fifth Hall of Famer. It’s always been very important to our Owner, Pat Bowlen, to make sure the Broncos are well represented in the Hall of Fame, and Terrell was one of his favorite players.
“The Broncos congratulate Terrell on this well-deserved honor, and we look forward to celebrating with him in Canton.”
The other modern-era inductees for the Class of 2017 are running back LaDainian Tomlinson, quarterback Kurt Warner, defensive end Jason Taylor and kicker Morten Andersen. Safety Kenny Easley was selected as a Senior Committee nominee and Dallas Cowboys Owner, President & GM Jerry Jones was chosen by the Selection Committee in the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s contributor category.
Davis is the fifth player to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame after spending a significant portion of his career in Denver, joining quarterback John Elway (Class of 2004), tackle Gary Zimmerman (Class of 2008), running back Floyd Little (Class of 2010) and tight end Shannon Sharpe (Class of 2011). He joins Little and Elway as the only Hall of Famers that played exclusively for the Broncos.
“Terrell’s selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame couldn’t have happened to a better player or a better guy,” Elway said. “He was an integral part of our championship run in the late 90s, and I am so happy for him to now join the all-time greats in Canton. It’s a tremendous honor for ‘TD’ and one that is very much deserved. It’s nice to see the players who have been so great for the Broncos get the recognition that is due to them.”
The Denver Broncos’ all-time leading rusher, Davis spent his entire eight-year career with Denver after being selected by the club in the sixth round (196th overall) of the 1995 NFL?Draft from the University of Georgia.
He rushed for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first four seasons, including the 1998 campaign in which he totaled the fourth-most rushing yards (2,008) in a season in NFL history to earn league MVP honors. That year, he also set a club record with 21 rushing scores.
The three-time Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro selection (1996-98) finished his career with a franchise-record 7,607 rushing yards and 60 rushing touchdowns on 1,655 carries (4.6 avg.) in 78 regular-season games (77 starts) as a key member of the Broncos’ back-to-back Super Bowl championship teams (1997-98).
His career 101.7-yard rushing average in all games played (incl. postseason) trails only Pro?Football Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown. Davis owns three of the top-five single-season rushing outputs in Broncos annals as well as the club’s single-season scoring record by a non-kicker (138 pts., 1998).
In the postseason,?Davis was equally as impressive, totaling at least 100 rushing yards in seven of his eight career playoff appearances, including his 157-yard, three-rushing touchdown performance against Green Bay in Super Bowl XXXII to earn game MVP honors. He averaged an?NFL-record (min. 5 games) 142.5 rushing yards per game in the postseason for his career, totaling a club-record 1,140 rushing yards on 204 carries (5.6 avg.) with 12 touchdowns.
Davis, who played his first collegiate season at Long Beach?State before transferring to Georgia, ranks first in Broncos history in career 100-yard rushing games (41), first in rushing touchdowns (60), second in overall touchdowns (65) and second in yards from scrimmage (8,887).
Other players with ties to the Broncos who are also enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame include cornerback Willie Brown (1984), running back Tony Dorsett (1994), General Manager Fred Gehrke (1972), defensive tackle Stan Jones (1991) and running back Doak Walker (1986).