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Terrell Davis Inducted Into Ring Of Fame

T.D. will run one more time onto the field at Invesco Field at Mile High.  The team announced that Davis had been voted into the Broncos Ring of Fame, with the ceremonies to take place September 23rd when the Broncos host the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Pat Bowlen took a few moments to discuss Davis and the honor --

On RB Terrell Davis being elected to the Broncos' Ring of Fame
"The process went very quickly. There was a very positive feeling about putting Terrell into the Ring of Fame. That's been talked about for the past three or four months."

On RB Terrell Davis -
"What stands out in my mind is that his career ended way too early. I've been around long enough to recognize that he probably was one of the best running backs in the game and if he had the opportunity to play a few more years, I think he would have broken a lot more records. We were lucky to have TD for six-and-a-half years, and unfortunately his career ended early. In my mind, we had one of the greatest running backs to ever play."

On Terrell Davis getting "cheated" with his injury -
"That's part of the game. He tried to make a tackle on a turnover and ended up blowing his knee out. It is disappointing to say the least."

On Terrell Davis' Pro Football Hall of Fame chances -
"When I look back at the other running backs that have made the Hall of Fame and where he ranks with his accomplishments; MVP of a Super Bowl, MVP of the league, running for over two thousand yards. I would be very surprised if he was not inducted into the Hall of Fame."

On his best memory of Terrell Davis -
"I would have to say the last touchdown of Super Bowl XXXII. Obviously it was an open hole, but the entire game was Terrell Davis' game. Probably the most anxiety I've ever had was when he went out in the second quarter. Probably the best moment I've ever had in football was seeing him come back after the second half with his helmet on."

On what he will say to Davis for his Ring of Fame induction -
"I haven't thought much about the induction process, but I'm hoping our friends on the eastern side of the country will recognize that we had a great running back here in Denver. It has always been a thorn in my side that the team has played in six Super Bowls, won two and is a team that has had a lot of great players. We have one player in the Hall of Fame, John Elway. I've made it clear as a member on the board of the Hall of Fame, that I think our process of electing players into the Hall of Fame is flawed for a number of reasons that I'm not going to go into here."  

On what makes a player worthy of a Hall of Fame selection -
"I'm not in a position to judge who is worthy for the Hall of Fame. The only problem I have is with the voting process. I don't have a solution to that, but I think that it is flawed and the Denver Broncos is a perfect example."

On Terrell Davis' reaction to his Broncos Ring of Fame selection -
"He was very happy. I talked to him yesterday. I'm out in Los Angeles often for the NFL Network, so I've seen him quite a bit. He's doing very well."

Davis will become the 21st member of the Ring.

Drafted in the sixth round out of Georgia, Davis came out of nowhere to become an instant star. He holds 12 team records. He is one of the five NFL players to rush for more than 2,000 yards in one season, which he did in 1998. He was the NFL MVP that season and was the MVP of Super Bowl XXXII.

"I feel too young to have all these things happening to me," Davis said. "I feel like I should be just retiring now. But to get these honors, I really enjoy it."

Davis' career was cut short after he suffered a series of knee injuries beginning in 1999. Davis, 34, last played for the Broncos in 2001 and was on the team's injured reserve in 2002. He was one of 25 finalists for enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last year.

The Ring of Fame selection was determined by a committe that includes Bowlen, former general manager John Beake, former defensive coordinator Joe Collier and former radio voice Larry Zimmer