Terrell Davis
Terrell Davis was drafted in the 6th round by the Denver Broncos in 1995 from the University of Georgia. He had a solid junior season, running for more than 800 yards, but injury struck his senior year. A torn hamstring forced Davis to miss 3 games and he never reached full strength. Going into the draft, most scouts projected Davis as a possible 3rd down back or a possible back up running back.

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Player Info

Height 5' 11"
Weight 210 lbs
DOB: 10/28/1972
Running Back

Terrell Davis Stats


NFL Draft

1995/Round 6/Pick 196

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Terrell Davis Highlights

Pro Bowl

1996, 1997, 1998


NFL Awards
1998 AP Offensive P.O.Y.
1997 Super Bowl MVP
1996 AP Offensive P.O.Y.


NFL 1990's All-Decade Team
Denver Broncos Ring of Honor

Team(s) As A Player

Denver Broncos 1995-2001

Terrell Davis Denver Broncos

In training camp, Davis was impressive as a rookie. His goal was to make the team, even if it was as a special teams’ player. It was on special teams that he got everyone’s attention in the pre-season when he made an outstanding tackle on the kick off team. After that moment, it was like something changed in TD and in what the coaches saw in him. That play showed the coaches he was hungry for playing time, and when he got it, he produced.

By the time opening day arrived, Terrell Davis found himself at the top of the depth chart at running back. He had an impressive rookie campaign, running for 1117 yards, averaging 4.7 yards per carry and he scored 7 touchdowns. If it were not for Curtis Martin, Davis would have been rookie of the year.

Terrell Davis All-Pro

In his second season, Terrell Davis helped lead Denver to a 13-3 record and home field advantage. Davis had 1848 yards from scrimmage, 1538 coming on the ground. He also scored 15 touchdowns that year and made his first pro bowl. Davis was emerging as an elite running back in the NFL.

By his third season, Davis and quarterback John Elway led the most feared offense in the AFC. If teams tried to stack the box with eight men, Elway would beat them with the pass, and if teams tried to stop the pass, Davis would eat them alive in the running game. Davis once again had a pro bowl season, running for 1750 yards and eclipsed the 2000-yard mark from scrimmage. He also added 15 touchdowns and he helped the Broncos to a 12-4 record and a wild card berth.

Terrell Davis Super Bowl MVP

As the AFC Wild Card round of the playoffs approached, Terrell Davis was ready to shine. Denver would face off against Jacksonville, the team that had defeated them a year earlier at Mile High Stadium. Davis and the Denver Broncos responded in a big way. TD ran for 184 yards and 2 touchdowns as he helped the Broncos run for over 300 yards as they blew away the Jacksonville Jaguars 42-17.

The next week, Denver traveled to Kansas City, against whom they had lost in the regular season and also were the AFC West champions. Terrell Davis once again ran for 101 yards and 2 scores as the Broncos defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 14-10 in the AFC Divisional Playoffs. The following week, the Denver Broncos traveled to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers, who had also beaten them earlier in the year. Davis ran for 139 yards and a score to help defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-21.

Terrell Davis started off Super Bowl XXXII with a bang in the first quarter, helping Denver pull out to a 17-7 lead. Unfortunately for Denver, he was banged in the head and could not see. Coach Mike Shanahan asked him to go into the game on 3rd down and goal so the Packers would think Denver was going to run the ball. His play action fake allowed John Elway to roll out to the right and run the ball in for the go-ahead score. Davis, however, had to leave the game with a migraine headache.

When Denver got the ball in the second half, Terrell Davis returned to the field. He quickly fumbled the ball, causing many players on the Green Bay Packers sideline to think he was done for the game. Terrell Davis would not let that get him down and on Denver’s next series, he helped Denver dominate with the running game once again. Terrell Davis finished the game with 30 carries for 157 yards and 3 TDs. The Denver Broncos finally won their first Super Bowl, after 4 defeats, and Terrell Davis was voted Super Bowl MVP. “The bigger the game, the more he enjoyed it and the harder he ran,” Denver coach Mike Shanahan said. “When you look back, you have to be in awe.” (4) John Elway added, “In my book, he's the best running back in the league, bar none. He proved that again tonight.” (5)

Terrell Davis Runs for 2000 Yards

In 1998, Terrell Davis accomplished what few players ever had. Denver running backs coach Bobby Turner held up seven fingers - reminding Davis what he needed - entering his final carry. “I knew,” Davis said. “As the game was going on, the offensive line kept asking me how many yards I had. When I got to the sideline, the coaches were telling me what I needed. The offensive line was more excited than I was.” Terrell Davis ran for 2008 yards and scored a Denver Broncos record 23 touchdowns. Only O.J. Simpson (2,003 yards in 1973), Eric Dickerson (2,105 in 1984) and Barry Sanders (2,053 in 1997) had achieved what Davis achieved in 1998. “If I'd left the game with 1,980 yards, I would have been upset,” he said after finishing with 2,008 yards. “But I'm in this group now, and no one can ever take that away from me.” (5)

TD was voted the MVP of the NFL in the regular season, but was not satisfied with his personal accomplishments. He once again dominated in the playoffs and he helped Denver reach the Super Bowl. Although Davis' game certainly benefits from a great offensive system and the talent that surrounds him, even quarterback John Elway freely admits this is now Davis' team to carry. Davis, ever the humble star, doesn't agree. “With John back there throwing the ball, anybody could run for 2,OOO yards,” he says. (3)

In Super Bowl XXXIII the Denver Broncos faced off against the Atlanta Falcons. Despite the Falcons keying on the run, Davis once again ran for over 100 yards and helped open up the passing game for eventual Super Bowl MVP John Elway. When the day was finished, the Denver Broncos won 34-19, winning back to back Super Bowls and in the process, becoming one of the great franchises in NFL history.

Terrell Davis Injury

After Terrell Davis had his MVP 1998 season and second straight Super Bowl Championship, he was injured in 1999. The Terrell Davis injury happened when he tried to make a tackle after a Brian Griese interception. It is ironic that Terrell Davis' career started with a big tackle in the pre season of his rookie year, and ended on a tackle in 1999. After the Terrell Davis injury he attempted to comeback and play and had a decent season in 2001.

Terrell Davis Enters Colorado Sports Hall of Fame

Terrell Davis was elected to the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. After receiving the honor, this is what he had to say. “It is always great to be acknowledged for something that you accomplished on the football field,” Davis said. “Especially from where I came from, coming out of college and having to work my way up the depth charts and then go on to win the championships. These are the kinds of things I never in my wildest dreams thought I would have been up for.” (6)

Looking Back on the Career of Terrell Davis

Terrell Davis finished his Denver Broncos career with 1655 carries for 7807 rushing yards (most in Denver Broncos History) and 60 rushing touchdowns. He also caught 169 passes for 1280 yards and 5 scores. “Everybody knows he was such a great player on the field, but it was also the way he handled himself off the field,” Shanahan said. “He was such a great player and did so much. He was a dream for me as a coach.” (1)

He played in eight playoff games, carrying the ball 204 times for 1140 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns. He also added 19 grabs for 131 yards in his playoff career. Among his NFL records are best postseason per-rush (5.6 yards) and per-game (142.5) averages. (2)

Terrell Davis finished his career as a Denver Broncos’ legend and a fan favorite. “The fans in Denver have been great to me since I've been here. Denver has been my home,” he said. “To look up in the stands and see so many '30s' in the stands, it was great. It was good to go out there and show the fans how much I appreciate them.” (1) Denver Broncos’ fans all over the world salute you TD.

Terrell Davis Belongs in the Hall of Fame

Terrell Davis accomplished everything there is to accomplish in the NFL. He ran for 2000 yards, was league MVP, was Super Bowl MVP, and was perhaps the best running back in post season history! “He's so physical and tough,” Elway said. “As much as he carried the ball, he wanted it at the end. And that's the mark of a great running back.” His numbers are better than Sayers and he was a better running back than Csonka, both are already in the Hall of Fame. Hopefully Terrell Davis will join them in the near future. “He's the best running back I've ever played with in Denver,” quarterback John Elway said. “He can do it all, and well.” (5)

By A. Goodin, 20Yardline.com
June 11, 2007

Terrell Davis Biography Sources:

TSN's NFL awards: Player of the Year: Terrell Davis (1999, January 25) Sporting News
No Terrell Davis in Hall of Fame? Then throw out Csonka (2002, August 25) Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service
T.D.'S CAREER (2002, August 19) Rocky Mountain News
COLORADO SPORTS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES (2004, March 3) Rocky Mountain News

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