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Terrell Davis

Terrell Davis
Davis in January 2005
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Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1972-10-28) October 28, 1972
Place of birth: San Diego, California
Career information
High school: San Diego (CA) Lincoln
College: Georgia
NFL draft: 1995 / Round: 6 / Pick: 196
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushes: 1,655
Rushing Yards: 7,607
Rushing TDs: 60
Stats at

Terrell Lamar Davis (born October 28, 1972) is a former American football running back who played for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL) from 1995 to 2001.

Davis was drafted by the Broncos in the sixth round (196th pick overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft. He is the Denver Broncos all-time leading rusher, with 7,607 rushing yards. As a player, he was given the nickname "T. D." by players, fans and the media; this denoted both the initials of his first and last name as well as being an abbreviation for touchdown.


  • Early life 1
  • College career 2
    • Statistics 2.1
  • Professional career 3
    • Super Bowl XXXII 3.1
    • Super Bowl XXXIII 3.2
    • Later career 3.3
  • Off the field 4
    • Recognition 4.1
    • Television 4.2
    • Legal disputes 4.3
  • Career rushing statistics 5
    • Regular season 5.1
    • Post season 5.2
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Davis was born to nurse Kateree Davis, a mother of eight children. In his senior year at Lincoln High School, the coaches gave him a chance at fullback, in a three back formation. He was given playing time in other positions, including kicker, and helped lead his team to a 12-2 record. Davis set the Lincoln Prep record in the discus throw as a member of the track team. After graduation, Davis went on to play football at Long Beach State University. His brother Reggie Webb was a tailback there before him, and he persuaded the school to grant Davis a scholarship.[1]

College career

At Bachelor of Science Degree in Consumer Economics.


Rushing Receiving
1991 55 262 4.8 48 2 4 92 23.0 75 69
1992 53 388 7.3 61 3 3 38 12.7 23 1
1993 167 824 4.9 42 5 12 161 13.4 57 3
1994 97 445 4.6 25 6 31 330 10.6 46 0

Professional career

In 1995, newly appointed Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan drafted Davis in the 6th Round of the 1995 NFL Draft. Davis entered training camp as the sixth string tailback and was a long shot to make the team. He managed to impress the Broncos coaching staff after his second pre-season game, most notably with a crushing hit as a member of special teams. Davis kept improving with each pre-season game and was promoted to starting running back for the season's opening game.[1] With Davis at running back, the Broncos possessed the potent running attack that they had previously lacked. 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, Davis signed a lucrative new five-year contract with the Broncos that was worth $6.8 million. That season, he rushed for a total of 1,538 yards and set a Denver Broncos record for rushing touchdowns with 13. The Broncos ended that season with a 13–3 record, tied with the Green Bay Packers for the best in the NFL that year.

Super Bowl XXXII

Following the 1997 regular season, The 12-4 Broncos made it through the playoffs to reach the Super Bowl. Not only had the Broncos lost in each of their four previous Super Bowl appearances, but the AFC conference had a 13-year losing streak in Super Bowls against the NFC. In the Super Bowl, Davis rushed for 157 yards, caught two passes for 8 yards, and became the first player in Super Bowl history to score three rushing touchdowns. This performance earned him MVP honors despite having to sit out the second quarter due to a migraine, an affliction from which he has suffered since childhood.

Super Bowl XXXIII

In 1998, Davis rushed for 2,008 yards becoming a member of the 2000 rushing yards club, then the third highest rushing total in history. This performance earned him league MVP honors, 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. At the end of the season, the Broncos beat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII, with Davis recording 102 rushing yards and 50 receiving yards.

Super Bowl XXXIII was the last postseason game in which Davis would play. In his 8 postseason games from 1996 to 1998, his numbers were staggering: 204 carries for 1,140 yards and 12 touchdowns, along with 19 receptions for 131 yards. This included a streak of 7 consecutive games with over 100 rushing yards, all of which the Broncos won, breaking the previous record for consecutive 100 rushing yard postseason games held by John Riggins (6). Even in the sole playoff game in which Davis didn't gain 100 rushing yards, he still had an impressive performance, rushing for 91 yards and a touchdown and catching 7 passes for 27 yards.

Davis was sent to the Pro Bowl in the 1996, ’97, and ’98 seasons. Nicknamed “TD,” Davis popularized the “Mile High Salute,” a military-style salute given to fans and teammates in celebration of a touchdown.

Later career

After the 1998 season, Davis was plagued with injuries and saw action infrequently. In 1999, Davis tore the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament of his right knee while trying to make a tackle on an interception thrown against the New York Jets, during the fourth game of the season. This injury kept him out for the remainder of the year.[2]

In 2000, Davis was sidelined for all but five games because of a stress reaction injury in his lower leg. In 2001, he only played in eight games because of arthroscopic surgery on both knees.[2]

Davis retired during the preseason of 2002. He walked through the tunnel in uniform for the final time during a preseason Denver-San Francisco 49ers matchup held at Invesco Field at Mile High. To a standing ovation, he gave a mile-high salute to the fans and was hugged by his teammates. After walking to midfield as the lone Broncos player at the coin toss, Davis retreated to the sideline. He spent the second half in street clothes. The following week, upon his request, he was placed on injured reserve, ending his season and effectively ending his career.[2]

Through his first four seasons, Davis rushed for 6,413 yards (4.8 yards per carry) and 56 touchdowns. Among the 24 modern-era Hall of Fame halfbacks and fullbacks, only Earl Campbell (6,457, 4.6 yards per carry) and Eric Dickerson (6,968, 4.8 yards per carry) had more rushing yards during their first four seasons; no member of the Hall of Fame matched Davis’ first-four-season 56 rushing touchdowns. Davis was selected for ESPN's All-Time 40-Man Super Bowl roster as a running back for his performances in Super Bowls XXXII & XXXIII.

Overall, Davis finished his 7 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. 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.

Off the field

Davis currently resides in Temecula, California, with his wife Tamiko Nash. He wrote an autobiography titled TD: Dreams in Motion after his first Super Bowl victory. A chapter was later added to the book covering his NFL MVP season and second championship win.

Davis was on the cover of the video game NFL GameDay 99 by 989 Sports. He made an appearance in Madden NFL 2006, serving as the player's mentor in the new NFL Superstar Mode and adds his voice to the game.


In 2004, Davis was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.[3]

Davis was one of the semifinalists for the 2007 Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.[4]

On July 27, 2007, it was announced that Davis would be inducted into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame.[5] His induction ceremony took place at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 23, 2007, in a Broncos home game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In 2006, Davis was inducted into the Breitbard Hall of Fame.[6]


Davis appeared on Sesame Street in a skit with Elmo and a talking football.[7] Elmo called Davis "the man" and Davis responded, "Thank you, thank you. I try!" The episode was filmed in December 1998 in New York, and Davis said on the episode of America's Game: The Super Bowl Champions profiling the 1998 Broncos that he was originally supposed to film the episode the day after Denver's Week 15 matchup with the New York Giants which was played in Giants Stadium in New Jersey. The plan was for Davis to stay behind in New York for the day while the rest of the team flew home, assuming that the Broncos would win. However, because the Giants defeated the Broncos, Davis had to return to Denver for a Monday practice/film session with the team and then fly back to New York the next day to film his parts.

Davis guest-starred on Disney Channel's The Jersey, in an episode called "They Say It's Your Birthday" along with other sports stars Shannon Sharpe, Tim Brown, Hardy Nickerson and Tony Siragusa. The episode originally aired on October 21, 2000.

Davis appeared on an episode of Sister, Sister at the twins' graduation to give a speech.

Post retirement, Davis worked for NFL Network as a correspondent and studio host for NFL Total Access. Davis also served as a color commentator for some NFL Europe games covered by NFL Network.

Davis appeared on the August 29, 2008 episode of The Colbert Report to analyze the acceptance speech given by U.S. Democratic Party nominee Barack Obama at Invesco Field at Mile High a day earlier.

Legal disputes

In 2001, Davis was named in the Atlanta's Gold Club federal prostitution, fraud and racketeering trial. The owner, Steve Kaplan, initially denied accusations of arranging dancers for athletes, claiming that he was unaware of any sexual encounters.[8] Employee Jana Pelnis testified that she had sex with Davis in the club. Kaplan later pleaded guilty and was fined $5 million.[9] A sentence of three years in jail was put on the table, but Kaplan instead received a sentence of 16 months and 400 hours of community service.[10] Davis was never charged with any criminal wrongdoing. However, Campbell Soups dropped him from their advertising shortly thereafter.

In September 2006, Davis filed a lawsuit against Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Co. for breach of contract over its refusal to defend him in a lawsuit related to a tussle at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. A judge dismissed Davis' suit against Liberty Mutual in January 2007 after both parties reached a settlement. In the lawsuit against the Roosevelt, Davis claimed he was roughed up by two bouncers during a party at the hotel's Tropicana Bar in October 2005. Davis said he suffered a bruised neck and damage to a surgically repaired hip.[11]

Career rushing statistics

Regular season

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving
Attempts Yards Y/A TDs Rec Yards Y/R TDs
1995 Denver Broncos 14 237 1,117 4.7 7 49 367 7.5 1
1996 Denver Broncos 16 345 1,538 4.5 13 36 310 8.6 2
1997 Denver Broncos 15 369 1,750 4.7 15 42 287 6.8 0
1998 Denver Broncos 16 392 2,008 5.1 21 25 217 8.7 2
1999 Denver Broncos 4 67 211 3.1 2 3 26 8.7 0
2000 Denver Broncos 5 78 282 3.6 2 2 4 2.0 0
2001 Denver Broncos 8 167 701 4.2 0 12 69 5.8 0
Career 78 1,655 7,607 4.6 60 169 1,280 7.6 5

Post season

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving
Attempts Yards Y/A TDs Rec Yards Y/R TDs
1996 Denver Broncos 1 14 91 6.5 1 7 27 3.4 0
1997 Denver Broncos 4 112 581 5.2 8 8 38 4.8 0
1998 Denver Broncos 3 78 468 6.0 3 4 69 17.2 0
Total 8 204 1140 5.6 12 19 134 7.1 0


  1. ^ a b c "TD: Dreams in Motion" by Terrell Davis & Adam Schefter (HarperTorch 1999)
  2. ^ a b c "Davis Says Goodbye". 2002-08-20. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  3. ^ "Colorado Sports Hall of Fame". 1964-11-04. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  4. ^ "Matthews, Davis and McDaniel make Hall semifinalist list". 2006-11-16. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  5. ^ "". Retrieved 2013-01-16. 
  6. ^ "San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum". Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  7. ^ Celebrity Guest rub shoulders with Big Bird and friends Archived September 30, 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ " - NBA star Ewing testifies at strip club trial - July 24, 2001". 2001-07-23. Archived from the original on April 14, 2009. Retrieved 2013-01-16. 
  9. ^ " - Strip club boss cops plea in rackets trial - August 3, 2001". 2001-08-02. Archived from the original on July 18, 2009. Retrieved 2013-01-16. 
  10. ^ " - Ex-Gold Club owner gets 16 months - January 8, 2002". 2002-01-08. Retrieved 2013-01-16. 
  11. ^ Associated, The (2007-01-26). "Terrell Settles Insurance Lawsuit". Retrieved 2014-02-03. 

External links

  • Terrell Davis Official Website
  • Career statistics and player information from • ESPN • CBS Sports • Yahoo! Sports • • Pro-Football-Reference • Rotoworld
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Leonard Russell
Denver Broncos Starting Running Back
Succeeded by
Olandis Gary
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