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Short but spectacular career lands Davis in Hall of Fame

By: Associated Press
August 5, 2017 Updated: August 5, 2017 at 9:25 pm
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Former NFL player Terrell Davis speaks behind a bust of himself during an induction ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Terrell Davis had one of the most spectacular short careers in NFL history. His seven seasons were brilliant enough to get him into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The former Broncos running back was inducted Saturday night. He went from an obscure sixth-round draft pick from Georgia to a league MVP and two-time Super Bowl winner. Davis was the catalyst for the NFL titles Denver won in 1997 and '98 with another Hall of Famer, John Elway, at quarterback.

The 1996 and '98 Offensive Player of the Year, 1997 Super Bowl Most Valuable Player and '98 NFL MVP, Davis' meteoric stint came to an ugly end with a devastating knee injury in 1999. That in great part kept him out of the hall for more than a decade.

Now he's in, with a resume including one of the greatest seasons in NFL annals. In 1998, Davis became the fourth runner to rush for 2,000 yards in season (2,008) and led NFL with 21 TDs rushing. In the 1998 playoffs, he rushed for a franchise postseason-record 199 yards against the Dolphins, then for 167 yards against the Jets, and 102 yards in the 1999 Super Bowl victory over the Falcons.

A member of the 1990s All-Decade Team, Davis was presented for induction by his agent, Neil Schwartz.

During his speech, delivered in a burst of rain that temporarily thinned the crowd, Davis talked about once "staring down the barrel of a shotgun" as a troubled teenager.

"Thank god someone talked the guy out of pulling the trigger," said Davis, who then determined to turn his life around.

Davis also suffered from migraines through his high school, college and pro careers.

He campaigned Saturday night for Broncos owner Pat Bowlen to be enshrined in the hall before adding of everyone who helped him get to Canton: "I salute every single one of you."

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