In the history of Professional Football, only one back has won League MVP, Super Bowl MVP, rushed for 2,000 yards in a season, won back-to-back Super Bowls and rush for 100 yards in seven consecutive playoff games (every one of them his team winning).
That back was Terrell Davis.
And though his career was shortened due to injury, Davis was just as productive as some running backs that are in the Hall of Fame. As the Broncos Vice President of Corporate Communications Jim Saccomano notes;
Due to injuries, his career was limited, making the logical and frequently made comparison to Gale Sayers, The Kansas Comet, who went into the Hall of Fame after a career of just six years. Usually, it is presumed that the stats comparison favors Sayers, and TD is trying to catch Sayers.In seven years with Denver, Davis rushed 1,655 times for 7,607 yards and scored 65 all purpose touchdowns.
Not so fast, says I. The comparison, I believe, actually favors the man not in the Hall, not the very popular and deserving Sayers.Terrell Davis, in his injury-reduced career, had more yards, more touchdowns, and more championships (Sayers had none), more 2,000-yard seasons (one to zero). Sayers in fact scored 22 touchdowns his rookie year and then averaged just six scored a season every year after that.
A member of the 1990's All Decade Team, Davis was a three-time Pro Bowl selection, three-time All Pro, two-time Super Bowl Champion, League MVP, Super Bowl MVP, and two-time offensive player of the year.
Davis was a complete back.
He was inducted into the Denver Broncos Ring Of Fame on September 23, 2007, in a home game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has been eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame since 2007 but is yet to get farther than being a semifinalists.
It's time to get Davis into Canton!