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Terrell Davis retires at age 29.

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by KeithH, Aug 18, 2002.

  1. KeithH

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    Heard this on ESPN this morning. Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis announced his retirement at age 29. He never fully recovered from an ACL injury. Davis had a great career, but unfortunately, it was far too short.
     
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    Ask Gale Sayers about having a short NFL career, when he retired at 28 years old.




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    At least he got 2 rings. Last week, Terrell couldn't even stretch out to warm up.

    I was watching an ESPN special report on running backs last Tueday evening, and they were talking with the current crop of "seasoned" RBs like Jerome Bettis, Garrison Hearst, Terrell Davis (I think), and the ESPN reporter showed Bettis footage of an Earl Campbell interview segment where it showed how difficult it is for Campbell move around and walk (very slowly now), and has nerve damage to his legs, and a condition called "dead foot" where he can't lift his feet up and down at the ankle joint. This was mostly damage from his 8 punishing seasons as a NFL RB. Campbell said that he used to slow down in the middle of a rush attempt so that he could hit a defensive player.

    Bettis' jaw was on the floor as he watched the Campbell footage because he's in his 9th year, and obviously he was scared that he could wind up like Campbell by age 46. Bettis has already noticed things about his body that aren't normal anymore. The main piece of advice the old RBs gave to the younger RBs in the league: Don't be afraid to run out of bounds to preserve your health. But most young RBs are bound and determined to show the coaches that they are a gamer and can be count on to get the tough yards, but those same coaches will turn away from you once you don't have the speed, power and quickness to do the job in the NFL anymore (average tenure for RBs is around 3-4 seasons).

    That and the discussion on surgeries to knees and other crucial joints of the body made it apparent that you are never quite the same after undergoing the knife, mainly due to the scar tissue that builds up and detracts from flexibility and quickness for the athletes. It was quite a sobering piece.
     
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    what are they gonna do for a living after retiring at such age? do they have any other expertise?
     
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    This is really a shame for Terrell. His is/was a great running back and it would been interesting to see exactly what he could have accomplished.

    Assuming that he managed his money properly, he shouldn't need to work. Prior to his first knee injury, he signed a lucrative contract with the Broncos with a significant signing bonus.
     
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    I'm not sure I agree with some editorials I've seen that he's a Hall of Famer. Some equate his career w/ sayers, so there might be some merit in TD's election, but I'm not sold on it.
     
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    I think Davis is borderline Hall of Fame material. While his career was short, he did accomplish quite a bit in that time. He gained 2,000 yards rushing one year, won a Super Bowl MVP award and was instrumental in Denver's first SB championship.

    On the other hand, the fact that other running backs also prospered in Denver when Davis was injured does hurt his cause. Both Olandis Gary and Mike Anderson had 1,000+ yard seasons filling in for an injured TD. That indicated that Denver's system and excellent offensive line were a big part of Davis's success.

    While Davis's numbers compare favorably with Gale Sayers, TD will never be remembered as Sayers was -- as one of the most dynamic runners in NFL history. Sayers and Barry Sanders were probably the most exciting RBs to ever play in the NFL.

    Davis's championships will probably allow him to get into the Hall eventually, but it's no sure thing.
     
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    Sayers helped revolutionize the game with his exciting style of running which helped the NFL greatly during the 1960's, when football was overtaking baseball in the television ratings.





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    It sucks that his career is now over[​IMG].
    Terrell Davis was one of the greatest Running Backs in the history of the league but some bad luck will keep him from owning quite a few NFL records, and if he stayed healthy we would be talking about where TD stands with the all-time greats; Payton, E. Smith, Brown.
    If anyone watched TD run they would know that he was a superstar player, the guy had it all, vision, toughness, power, quickness and great RB instincts. To bring up what OG and MA did just belittles the type of player Terrell Davis was.
    To have over 6,000 yards, 2 rings, a SB and NFL MVP award, by the end of your 4th season is just a spectacular accomplishment; if it wasn't for some bad luck the man would have over 10,000 yards by the age of 29 and on pace to shatter(or at least surpass) E. Smith's soon to be record. The guy was awesome.
    Now I don't know if TD should be in the HOF but Gale Sayers never had any type of season comparable to what TD had done and TD does have more rushing yards than Sayers.
    What a freaking bummer.
     
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    Why is it that player careers from another era are downplayed for their contributions to the game and the level of their play in order to buoy the career of more recent players?




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    In the three years previous, with Elway and WITHOUT Terrell, the Broncos went 24-24 (8-8 in 1992, 9-7 in 1993 and 7-9 in 1994). In the four years after drafting Terrell, the Broncos went 54-18 (checked my research, added one more loss).

    When the dust settles, to a man most people will acknowledge that TD was the reason Elway won those two rings, not vice versa.

    In the year Elway had his greatest season and was named the NFL's MVP award winner, the Broncos went 9-7 and missed the playoffs. In Terrell Davis's greatest season (his MVP year), he rushed for 2008 yds and was held out of a lot of second half blowouts. He had 23 touchdowns. The Broncos won their first 13 games that year and threatened the Miami Dolphins perfect season. They walked through the playoffs virtually untouched and destroyed Atlanta in the Super Bowl by 15pts in a game that wasn't even that close.

    By comparison (for those of you who like to argue for longevity and "body of work"), I give you...Tim Brown (for Raider fan Patrick).

    Does Tim Brown deserve to go to the Hall of Fame? I'd argue definately YES. He has 9 straight seasons of over 1000yds. He has 937 career catches for over 13,000yds and 95 touchdowns. However, since coming to the Raiders in 1988, the LA/Oakland franchise is only 119-105. They have only 4 seasons in those 13 with double digit victories. They have not had a season better than 12-4 and they have had 9 seasons where they were either 7-9, 8-8 or 9-7.

    Brown has been very consistent, but in 12 years he has only had two seasons with double digit touchdowns and his career high is 11. The Raiders are also 4-5 in playoff games with Brown and have never even played in a Super Bowl.

    So, how do you judge greatness? Longevity? Consistency? Or being able to change the game? To bring your team to a title? To be able to reach a milestone only 3 people were able to reach before you?

    I let you all be the judge of that.
     
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