Super Bowl champion and MVP Terrell Davis joined the Morning Sports Page to talk life, football and charity, both on and off the field and shares his thoughts on the Broncos newest member, Peyton Manning.
In 1995, newly appointed Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan drafted Terrell Davis in the 6th Round of the 1995 NFL Draft. Davis entered training camp as the sixth string, yes, sixth string tailback and was a long shot to even make the team. He worked his way through special teams and managed to impress the Broncos coaching staff, enough to get him the starting job. He talked with Chad about how stunned he was that he was even on Shanahan’s radar, let alone his future starter. Davis ended up the starter in 14 games during the 1995 season, carrying the ball 237 times, averaging 4.7 yards per run, and scoring eight touchdowns, finishing 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.
After that season, the Broncos knew they had something special, so they locked up the future Super Bowl MVP to a five-year contract 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.
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 he has suffered since childhood. Terrell talks with Chad about the driving force of that Super Bowl, how the loss to Jacksonville in 1996 lit their fire to pound on their opponents the next year, setting them up for everlasting greatness. In ’96, Terrell recounts, the Broncos gambled, and the dice rolled against them. But how much did Terrell let that stew?
Let’s move to 1998, when 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. So yeah, it helped light his fire.
Davis was sent to the Pro Bowl in the 1996, ’97, and ’98 seasons.
TD talks with Chad about how he created the “Mile High Salute,” and how the Broncos aptly carried into franchise infamy.
Terrell’s success on the field is a living example that you don’t need a clear path laid out for you to score big in life. Within only two years, he became a key contributor in Denver’s two Super Bowl-winning seasons in 1997 and 1998. Pro Bowl appearances and record holding marks only drive what Terrell is able to do off the field. He works with Project Touch, the Food Bank of the Rockies and uses Terrell Davis Foods to launch those charities into further success.
It’s because of Terrell’s appreciation for being given “a break” that he created The Terrell Davis Salute the Kids Foundations. He believes that every child deserves a chance to excel and often all they need is a little support and an opportunity to shine. That’s where the idea of Terrell Davis Foods began. Terrell combined his desire to help children with his love of food to create culinary products as a way of raising money to support programs dedicated to fighting the problem of hunger.
So, Terrell created the Mile High Salute Bar-B-Que Sauce, which has proven to be a winner. What goes better with football than adding some zest to your favorite grilling foods? Davis uses his culinary company to help his charities.
Project Touch incorporates bridging Individual and Collective Bodies of Faith within communities together with civil and business organizations to effectively overcome homelessness and establish effective methods of homeless prevention.
Project TOUCH works with families of those suffering from domestic violence, assists families in the midst of a foreclosure, a provides vouchers to assist them to become more stable.
Davis uses the Food Bank of the Rockies to better his community, too! It is the largest private hunger-relief organization in the state of Colorado.
They fight hunger and feed hope, and that’s what drives Terrell. He is a huge part in helping distribute 39.4 million pounds of food last year through 1003 partner agencies. Those agencies administer 1271 hunger-relief programs in Northern Colorado, including Metro Denver and the entire state of Wyoming.
Terrell talks about paying that forward, using his celebrity for the betterment of others.
He also relives his time with John Elway as a Bronco. “He’s a winner”, Davis said, talking about Elway. Chad and Terrell talk about the magnitude of the Manning signing, but cautions the general public on those who are still inflicted with TebowMania.
In one of the most in-depth interview, check out Chad’s conversation with one of his top 3 favorite Broncos of all time, Terrell Davis.