Good morning, Broncos Country!
Perhaps there is a positive in all of this Pat Bowlen nonsense.
In this instance, it would not include those who voted against Mr. B to become a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame being struck by lightning. Karma has a way of working itself out in the end.
This is more about future Hall of Fame votes that involve Denver Broncos. To get more specific: votes for this year. To get even more specific: the induction of Terrell Davis.
Maybe, just maybe, the decision to submit Jerry Jones over Bowlen will wake up the 46-member selection committee. Maybe, just maybe, this will force them to see the error of their ways. Perhaps they will become aware of the lack of respect they have shown one of the best franchises in all of professional sports in the last 30+ years by inducting only four members. Maybe they will see how badly they screwed up by not making Bowlen one of the two contributor choices.
Pretty much all are in agreement it's a disgrace and sham.
Since Randy Gradishar was, once again, over looked by the senior committee, Davis is a great place to start. He should already be in Canton, but this is a great first step to make up for the Bolwen travesty.
Here's all that need be said in regard to his hall fame "worthiness:" Davis is the best postseason running back in NFL history. Period. End of discussion.
If there is still a shred of doubt, let's turn to Andrew Mason to nail the message home:
"Terrell Davis has been hurt by his short career span, despite the fact that he maximized his years more than anyone else, has a career per-game average (including postseason games) only exceeded by Jim Brown, and is the only player with a Super Bowl MVP trophy, a league MVP trophy and a 2,000-yard rushing season. His continued absence from the Hall of Fame is an absurdity based on a narrow-minded perspective that uses a player's injuries -- which are beyond his control -- against him."
The question becomes: Will the committee induct two running backs? LaDainian Tomlinson is up for eligibility and there is no question he will become a first-ballot inductee. The committee usually doesn't like to induct multiple players from the same position.
There have been instances where it's happened, and it did so with the running back position. In fact, it happened for the Broncos when Floyd Little was finally inducted in 2010. "The Franchise" was voted in with Emmitt Smith. The same could happen with LT and TD. It should happen.
Of course that would mean some on the committee would have to wake up and listen to reason when they have yet to prove capable of it. At any point. That's where the oversight of Bowlen comes in.
Momentum has started to build in Davis' favor the last few years. He has the support of big-name committee members in Jim Trotter, Sal Paolantonio and John McClain. The disgraceful act from the contributor subcommittee could be what puts TD over-the-top this year.
And that's exaclty how Bowlen would have wanted it. Unlike Jones, it was and is all about the Broncos. It was and is about his players, coaches, everyday members of the organization and even the fans. It was and is never about Mr. B. He would want nothing more than to see the running back who carried his organization to back-to-back Super Bowls get his rightful place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Perhaps some good could come out of the Bowlen snub after all.
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