When John Elway sees Montee Ball, he thinks of Terrell Davis

AP

When Broncos V.P. John Elway was Broncos QB John Elway, the team’s greatest success came at the end of his career, when he had one of the NFL’s best running backs, Terrell Davis, to carry a large part of the load.

Now Elway hopes the running back he drafted last month, Montee Ball, can have a similar effect.

His running style was a lot like Terrell Davis,” Elway said of Ball during a conference call with fans, via the Denver Post. “We hope that Montee has a career and even a longer career than Terrell had.”

Davis was MVP of the league in 1998 and helped the Broncos win back-to-back Super Bowls, but he had only four effective seasons before injuries ruined a promising career. The Broncos say it was a desire not to have an injured back that led them to draft Ball over Alabama’s Eddie Lacy.

“We liked both these backs, we had them very similar on the board,” Broncos personnel man Matt Russell said. “The issue with Eddie Lacy was we were worried about a toe injury that he had which is probably what caused him to slip. And we really felt great about Montee Ball. We feel we have a career back in Montee Ball.”

If Ball has the kind of instant impact that Davis had, Peyton Manning may end his career in Denver as successfully as Elway did.

57 responses to “When John Elway sees Montee Ball, he thinks of Terrell Davis

  1. When I see Elway I see a horse too. A Bronco. And this Broncofan is extremely proud to have watched him his entire career. Not too many players these days start and end a 16+ year career with the same team. I’m greatful for having witnessed it.

  2. Terrell Davis is a Hall of Fame running back. Its a shame he isnt in there. Name a running back that had a better playoff career than him. You can’t. Dominated the league until he was injured.

  3. Oh yeah kagey7…what a great guy. Blows off the team that drafted him, he’s a traitor just like MegaHead. Gonna love seeing Ball miss a protection and get ole one-and-done killed. By the way, learn how to spell grateful.

  4. Davis is not a hall of fame back…didn’t last long enough. He doesn’t belong, just like Floyd Little doesn’t belong…that was a farce.

  5. Maybe Ball can carry Manning on his back to the Super Bowl like Davis carried the over-rated Elway.

  6. jrebar88 says:
    May 7, 2013 8:42 PM
    Terrell Davis is a Hall of Fame running back. Its a shame he isnt in there. Name a running back that had a better playoff career than him. You can’t. Dominated the league until he was injured.

     ————

    I loved the guy and without him Denver probably doesn’t win those 2 SBs, but he had way too short a career. If you want to talk about the real Bronco snub, no doubt it’s Atwater.

  7. To the guy with the long nonsensical name, check career playoff stats for RBs, then get back to whether TD belongs in the Hall…

  8. Peyton Manning won’t make it to the playoffs without a run game that T.D. brought, we saw how he under threw his reciever in his last playoff game, if he was capable Jim Harbaugh would have signed him after his work out, unless it was the money part and then well, he got his money didn’t he??
    Good luck, now you have Smith in K.C. it will be interesting how those two games go!!

  9. Wish nothing but the best for Montee Ball — but he has a lot of Big 10 miles on those legs.

  10. As a packers fan that watched those years when Davis was a beast, from what I’ve seen from Ball in college the comparison sucks. Ball was a good runner but IMO Davis was amazing and would have gone down as an all time great had he not blown his ACL during that tackle.

  11. I really wish Ball the best, he was fun to watch @ Wis. and helped them get to 3 Rose Bowls.

    I worry about his size, and I also worry about his ability to take the ball off tackle. The difference between college and pro’s is huge.

    It had big effect on Reggie Bush, when all of a sudden he was trying to get the corner on guys like Lewis, Willis and Matthews. I am worried it will hurt Ball as well. I do believe that Denver’s O-Line will help him a bunch, as well as playing with Manning.

  12. There is no doubt TD should be in the Hall, I don’t care how long he played. 2 SB , a league MVP, a SB MVP, a 2000 yd season, and the best 3 year rushing total of all time. What he did in four years is more impressive than most the RB in the Hall. It’s not like he just fell off, he ripped his knee up and couldn’t come back. It’s a shame that he will not get in but the average RB that stays healthy for 12 years and has a mediocre career can.

  13. “Blows off the team that drafted him, he’s a traitor”

    I think what you meant to say was “exercised his right as an American citizen without a binding contract to seek employment elsewhere.”

    Also, you can’t be a traitor if you were never loyal to a cause, smart guy.

  14. Geez a lot of Bronco haters in here. And how the f*** does Elway look like a damn horse? I own 4 horses and Elway doesn’t even remotely look like one, you people need to get out more.

  15. unless the broncos start playing defenses that tackle like IU did in the big 10 then that is stretching it big time. he will be lucky to be a third down back in the NFL. just another overrated badger coming out of college who looked good because his coach loved to run the score up on the weak teams in they played.

  16. I think John suffered too many concussions.

    Can Elway join a class action suit as a player to sue himself as an Owner?

  17. Montee Ball had concussion issues in college. I’d take the toe injury over my running back being concussed regularly. See Detroit RB Best for comparisons.

  18. I have doubted Elway every step of the way outside of signing Manning and he has been right. Here again I think the same thing but as a Badger fan I hope Ball the best. I think he is a bit slow to say he is TD but I hope he has a great career.

  19. My fondest dream is to see Elway draft some snot nosed punk who tells him that he doesn’t want to play for the Broncos. That would be awesome!

  20. When I see Elway I see a horse too. A Bronco. And this Broncofan is extremely proud to have watched him his entire career. Not too many players these days start and end a 16+ year career with the same team. I’m greatful for having witnessed it.

    You’re “grateful”, and I’m glad you took the care not to say the team that drafted him. You know, the one he refused to play for because that’s the kind of guy he is.

  21. Wow. That makes as much sense as Kubiak saying DeAndre Hopkins (small fast 1st rounder) reminds him of Rod Smith (big slow undrafted).

    Yes, John Elway, your new RB reminds you of the only good RB you ever played with. Hope you didn’t blow your last brain cell coming up with that one. By the way, Terrel Davis was a 6th rounder, so if Montee Ball reminds you of him I guess you reached by about 4 rounds.

  22. “We hope that Montee has a career and even a longer career than Terrell had.” Horse face said

    Oh, that’ll be hard, SMH.

  23. what do john elway and eli manning have in common? nope, not two super bowl titles each.

    they are both runaway brides.

  24. Getting a little ahead of the show. Never compare up and coming players to past dominant players like TD (oh, how I hated him) because you now have just added a layer of expectation, never; besides its bad luck.

  25. Is he referring to the Davis that helped him avoid losing his 4th straight Super Bowl after he went for 123 yards passing 1 pic o tds?

  26. That’s all good, but unless Elway has someone that reminds him of Alex Gibbs Jr it won’t matter. Terrell Davis would have been a scrub without Alex Gibbs Jr.

  27. Elway was stabbing Tebow in the back while Tebow was WINNING PLAYOFF GAMES now why would anything Elway thinks matter to anyone? Elway cant be trusted.

  28. All of you uneducated fools on here… take like 5 minutes and actually do some research. Montee Ball and Terrell Davis are essentially the same exact size when they came out of college. They both ran similar times in the 40 at the combine. Then we all know Ball ran a faster 40 at his pro day. They both use the one cut and up the field style of running.
    So it is not really a stretch of the imagination at all to say they are similar and actually remind Elway of each other.
    For the dude that said if Montee really reminded you of Terrell then you reached 4 rounds to pick him…. you’re dumb. If all the teams could go back and re-do that draft he would be a top 5 pick easily.
    Oh yeah… and be like every hater and say “Elway looks like a horse.” that’s original. Clowns.

  29. I think Ball is a little more shifty than Davis. But I see similarities in his ability to break arm tackles and use of the spin move. But the thing about Davis that made him special was that he is a zone-blocking system guy. He wouldn’t have been the same guy in the current system. Draw plays suck unless you have a scat-back. So unless Elway plans to fire Fox and replaces him with a coach that knows Bronco football, Broncos fans should continue to expect another average year running the ball. The real rushing yards came from zone-blocking in Denver when they were running a mixture of styles. Once Fox scrapped ZB all together, the running game stunk.

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