This letter has one audience - all the NFL sportswriters voting for the Pro Football Hall of Fame today.
But unfortunately that audience includes way too many who have not seen fit to do the Hall of Fame justice and put Terrell Davis in his rightful place in Canton.
Although we don’t know for sure, we have some guesses who some of those writers might be - Ron Borges of the Boston Herald, Peter King of Sports Illustrated, Dan Pompei of Bleacher Report, Tony Grossi in Cleveland, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Gazette, Vic Carucci in Buffalo.
Shame on you. And any of your colleagues who have committed this egregious error.
You have put in lesser players such as Curtis Martin and Jerome Bettis while ignoring one of the best running backs to ever play the game - even if he did it in a shorter amount of time.
3 retired RBs in NFL history have 60+ rushing TDs, 7K+ yards, 4.5+ YPC and 90+ rush YPG.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) January 31, 2017
Jim Brown ...
Barry Sanders ...
And shame on us.
We have been unbelievably patient.
We have been too quiet.
We have sat back while you passed over No. 30 and just complained to ourselves about your East Coast bias.
So this year we laid out 30 reasons Terrell Davis absolutely must have his bust in Canton.
Reasons like, a 2,000-yard season that ranks fifth among all running backs to achieve that amazing feat and his 21 touchdowns that season eclipses all others as he is the only running back in NFL history to run for more than 2,000 yards and get in the end zone more than 20 times.
Or like his 32 100-yard games, or three-year stretch between 1996-98 that is better than any other running back’s best three-year stretch by a long shot.
Reasons such as the fact that TD’s 142.5 average yardage in playoff games is 30 yards more per game than the 10 best Hall-of-Famers and is the best playoff average in NFL history.
The fact that Davis had incredible vision on the field and that he could pick his way through defenses helped prove that it wasn’t the system, it was the running back - a critique that has too often and too wrongly been used against him.
Remember, @Terrell_Davis is the ONLY player in NFL history to be MVP, SB MVP & have a 2K season. Plus averaged 101.7 rushing yards/game.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) January 4, 2017
As the MVP of Super Bowl XXXII - in spite of a migraine that kept him out the entire second quarter - there’s no way John Elway and the Broncos get that elusive Lombardi trophy without him.
Davis is simply the greatest playoff running back of all time and his short-but-dominant career is just as deserving (if not more) given just how amazing it was.
But most importantly, every sports reporter in the late 90s knew of Terrell Davis’ awesomeness because you couldn’t tell the story of the NFL at that time without No. 30.
And any player who is the NFL story deserves to be in the place where the NFL likes to retell that story.
.@Terrell_Davis' wait for the @ProFootballHOF should have ended LOOOOONG ago.— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) February 1, 2017
Consider these five stats:
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Terrell Davis’ induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame is long overdue, NFL sportswriters, and if you don’t do it this year, we will keep coming at you.
Every. Damn. Year.
Until you $#@&?&! get it right.