Terrell Davis is just the second sixth-round pick in the Hall of Fame

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Among the many impressive accomplishments of former Broncos running back Terrell Davis, who was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017, is this: He got there after being drafted in the sixth round.

That’s incredibly rare. As noted by Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated, there is currently just one Hall of Famer who was selected in the sixth round of the draft: Jack Christiansen, who was selected by the Lions in the sixth round in 1951.

It’s not that late-round picks can’t make the Hall of Fame: The seventh round has produced nine Hall of Famers, while the now-defunct Rounds 8 and later have produced a total of 23 Hall of Famers. It’s just that Round 6 has been devoid of Hall of Famers.

Another 16 Hall of Famers entered the NFL as undrafted free agents; this year’s selection, Kurt Warner, will be the 17th.

And, of course, Davis and Christiansen will have some company as Hall of Famers drafted in the sixth round five years after Tom Brady retires.

26 responses to “Terrell Davis is just the second sixth-round pick in the Hall of Fame

  1. This guy and Elway had bad contracts, Cheating would be the word if it was a Patriot.
    Go to yourteamcheats.com and read the 53 violations the highest in the league by any team, By the way the Patriots are 16th on the list of 32 teams.

  2. I certainly thought the narrative would be that he didn’t play long enough to get in. Good for TD. Much like when I would watch Kurt Warner play (Another who some could make the argument that he did not play long enough) when I watched TD I knew I was watching a special player.

    I’ve never been a Bronco fan but I was a huge TD fan. Congrats TD. Game Changer.

  3. …Davis and Christiansen will have some company as Hall of Famers drafted in the sixth round five years after Tom Brady retires, and five years after Antonio Brown retires.

  4. Not only did Davis not play long enough for the HOF, but it’s been confirmed that the Bronco’s circumvented the salary cap both Super Bowls Davis won.

  5. By all accounts Terrell Davis is a great guy. But, his selection just shows that the Hall of Fame should now be called the Hall of Some Really, Really Good Players.

    Davis had a good rookie year, three very, very good years, including a 2000-yard season, and then three injury-plagued, mediocre years. That’s it.

    His Super Bowl rings and his Super Bowl MVP award are the appropriate accolades for such a fine career. The Hall of Fame should be something more – truly exceptional players, coaches and other contributors.

    The Hall of Fame is a joke. Since cris carter got in, it’s a bad joke.

  6. @realpatsfan
    I’ve been to that site and though I’m not one of the “the Patriots are cheaters” fans it seems to me whoever runs that site is a Pats fan. It’s pretty obvious in the way he/she is critical of every accusation of cheating by other teams while seemingly downplaying the accusations against the Patriots. And their little rankings based on points (worst accusations=higher points and lesser accisations=lower points) seems more determined by what the Patriots have been accused of and less of how serious the alleged infraction is.

  7. By all accounts, Terrell Davis absolutely belongs in the Hall of Fame. Yes, his career was shorter than others in the Hall, but when healthy, he dominated the league. He rushed for over 100 yards in seven consecutive playoff games. He only played in one playoff game where he did not rush for 100 yards, and in that game he rushed for 91. In eight career playoff games, his Yards Per Carry only dropped below 5 twice, and both times they were above 4. In those eight playoff games he averaged 143 yards per game and scored 12 touchdowns. In the 1997 playoffs he turned in four of the most impressive games by a running back in NFL history.When he played healthy, he was better than everyone else, period. He was a truly exceptional player, and deserves completely to be in the Hall of Fame.

  8. There are roughly 5 statistical categories for RBs: Total YDs, Total Attempts, Rushing TDs, Avg Yds per attempt & Average YDS per game.

    Davis is top-5 in one category, top 30 in one category and not even in the top-50 for the others.

    Take away the 2 Superbowls that they cheated to win and he is Larry Johnson.

  9. Great guy and a great 3 year stretch but not a hall of famer….He got in because everyone likes him, unlike TO. So many player more deserving and too bad for them. He’ll wear a gold jacket but I will never see him as deserving.
    Did you know that a 3/4 nose tackle has never gotten in? That is horrible!

  10. TD had better numbers than Gayle Sayers, who is in the HOF. For a 6 year period, Davis was one of the most dominant RBs in NFL history, which included a 2,000 yard season, 2 SB wins, SB MVP, 6413 rushing yards in his first 4 seasons and was the first player in SB history to score 3 rushing TDs. Those are legendary numbers and accomplishments that are completely worthy of the HOF. No question about it.

  11. Part of the biggest cheating scandal in the history of the NFL with both Super Bowl seasons marred by salary cap violations (admitted by the Broncos). His OLine made their mark by breaking so many defenders’ legs that the NFL had to change the rules because of it. Way too many advantages for Davis to be considered.

  12. Weakest overall HOF class I’ve ever witnessed.
    It’s likely they lowered the bar yet again to get
    a few popular marginal guys in.

  13. Did you know that a 3/4 nose tackle has never gotten in? That is horrible!

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    I agree! In 5 years, Vince Wilfork will be there!

  14. I couldn’t stand T.O. But Terrell Davis getting in ahead of the 2nd all time leading receiver shows what a joke many of the electors are in this political process.

    I heard Florio interview the writer from Buffalo lamely trying to justify not voting for T.O. You don’t vote for a guy 2nd only to Jerry Rice because of unnamed sources saying he was a poor team mate?

    I still can’t stand T.O. but don’t tell me he doesn’t belong in the HOF. For God’s sakes O.J. and Ray Rice are in there and probably some other murderers. Michael Irvin stabbed a guy in the neck and beat women with a bat!
    I guess they were hellaciously good team mates.

  15. Unnamed sources??? You can’t call the entire NFL unnamed sources!! Owens was a cancer on every team he was on & spit in the face of the NFL every chance he got.

  16. I still can’t stand T.O. but don’t tell me he doesn’t belong in the HOF. For God’s sakes O.J. and Ray Rice are in there and probably some other murderers.

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    O.J. and Ray are in prison!! O.J. is in the HOF and Rice is not. You might have meant Rey Carruth, but he is not HOF material anyway.

  17. I understand the team cheated with the contracts. But that fat wallet did nothing to enhance his ability to run the football. The dude was a beast.

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