Days Until Super Bowl LIII From January 4: 30
Terrell Davis’ career was essentially limited to just four full seasons, but he packed an astonishing number of triumphs into that short space of time. He won two Offensive Player of the Year awards, seized an NFL MVP award and won two Super Bowl championships. He remains the Denver Broncos’ all-time leading rusher.
The pinnacle of his career came at Super Bowl XXXII, when he was named Super Bowl MVP after he ran for 157 yards, caught two passes for 8 yards, and scored a Super Bowl-record three rushing touchdowns. It was a tight game, with Denver beating Green Bay 31-24, and Davis made all the difference.
The Green Bay players and fans were utterly fed up of the sight of his No. 30 jersey as he constantly tormented them. His achievement is all the more remarkable when you consider he was suffering from a migraine that would have kept many players on the sidelines. But Davis did not want to miss the opportunity to dazzle fans in his hometown of San Diego and lead his team to victory.
The following year he had one of the greatest seasons of any running back in NFL history, rushing for 2,008 yards, catching 25 passes for 217 yards and scoring 23 touchdowns. That superb form carried the Broncos into a second consecutive Super Bowl, where they beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-19. Davis rushed for 102 yards and caught two passes for 50 yards.
His career was sadly curtailed by injury after that and he barely played from 1999 onwards. But he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017 and many Broncos fans still bow down to his iconic number 30 shirt.