Good, TD is a hall of famer, morning, Broncos Country!
Let that sink in. Around 12 hours later, it still feels surreal. I’m over the moon the story I wrote could finally get published and not sit idle another year with doubt if it would ever run. I’m in the clouds my wife and I can make the trek in August to Canton, Ohio to see this event most of us wanted to see but weren’t sure it would happen.
Looks like the third time is the charm for Terrell Davis. This was the third time TD was a finalist for the Hall of Fame. So what changed? Why was this the year he finally got the votes from the 48-person selection committee?
If you ask Laurie Lattimore-Volkmann, who was the architect behind our 30 reasons in 30 days Davis is a hall of famer, a large part was us. As she said on Facebook, "It definitely got him over the top." I tend to think she’s right. Mile High Report has a lot of sway on stuff like this. But Andrew Mason and the Denver Broncos have more, and they pounded the table hard for him as well. I’d like to think our series had a hand in that.
The voters finally came around to the impact Davis had on the NFL. They realized even in his short career, he’s one of the greatest to ever put on a helmet and play the position. They realized you cannot tell the story of the NFL in the 1990s, or any period, without Davis. Broncos beat writer at ESPN, Jeff Legwold, deserves a lot of credit for that as well. He’s been dogged in his approach and preparation when it comes to his role in presenting Broncos. Legwold is a huge reason why Floyd Little got inducted in 2010.
Last but not least, Hall of Fame voter and ESPN analyst Jim Trotter, who gave Davis’ presentation on Saturday. I’m not certain on this, but you can bet Legwold had a hand in that. But the presentation was ultimately given by Trotter, and it’s damn fitting since he’s vouched for Davis for years. Trotter carries a lot of pull in that room and with him on Davis’ side it was only a matter of time.
It finally happened.
Davis is headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Pure happiness. I've been dreaming of this moment. Still in disbelief. HONORED to be elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. #HOF2017— Terrell Davis (@Terrell_Davis) February 5, 2017
Terrell Davis becomes fifth Broncos Ring of Famer to join the Pro Football Hall of Fame
After nearly a decade of eligibility and two previous years as a finalist, the Hall's selection committee finally called on Davis, but did not choose John Lynch or Brian Dawkins.
Terrell Davis becomes fifth Bronco elected into Pro Football Hall of Fame | 9news.com
HOUSTON - Terrell Davis has become the fifth Denver Broncos player to be elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, sources with knowledge of the Hall of Fame class told 9News.
Even if Lynch and Davis are inducted, Broncos will still be underrepresented in Hall of Fame
The Broncos have plenty of other viable candidates who didn't even make it to the list of finalists this year.
Sacco Sez: A father-son Super Bowl connection
Jim Saccomano takes a look at the unique history that Joe Buck will make this weekend while calling Super Bowl LI.
Joe Ellis on the changing face of the AFC West map
The Broncos' President and CEO is on the league's stadium committee, so he has close eyes on the Chargers' move and what could transpire with the Raiders.
Broncos got 'best guy' in Vance Joseph, but Kyle Shanahan made it tough choice
Both the Broncos and Kyle Shanahan had nothing but good things to say about the head-coach interviewing process.
Woody Paige's 'History of the Super Bowl': What games have made memories - 7NEWS Denver TheDenverChannel.com
Woody Paige reflects back on this history of the game.
Broncos CB Chris Harris on Osweiler: "Y’all can have him" | Texans Wire
Texans fans are acutely aware of Brock Osweiler's shortcomings at quarterback in his first year in Houston. On Friday, a former Denver teammate threw some shade on the $72 million free-agent flop.
AFC West Tracks
Clark Hunt’s Super Bowl plan for Chiefs still starts with John Dorsey, Andy Reid | The Kansas City Star
Clark Hunt is at the Super Bowl, again without the team he runs. He thinks this year’s Kansas City Chiefs were good enough to win the Super Bowl but acknowledges they must get better.
Falcons the latest team to make Super Bowl run following loss to Chiefs | The Kansas City Star
When the Chiefs met the Atlanta Falcons on Dec. 4, chairman Clark Hunt briefly caught up with his former general manager, Scott Pioli, and issued a light-hearted prediction.
Eric Berry of Kansas City Chiefs says he won't play under franchise tag in 2017
Chiefs safety Eric Berry told NFL Network on Thursday he's "definitely not going to play" for the Chiefs in 2017 under the franchise tag.
Rumors continue to link Tony Romo to KC but what do the Chiefs think? - Arrowhead Pride
The Tony Romo rumors continue. Jason La Canfora kicked them off earlier this week with a report that Romo was eyeing a few teams as options, including the Kansas City Chiefs.
Former Raiders exec Bruce Allen explains why Mark Davis wants to go to Las Vegas
Washington president Bruce Allen talks up Nevada, says Oakland politicians `have no vision.’
Raiders, Jack Del Rio talk extension; Mexico City game announced - SFGate
The Raiders and head coach Jack Del Rio have started discussions on a contract extension, league sources said.
LaDainian Tomlinson on possibility of San Diego Raiders: 'That would be awful'
LaDainian Tomlinson didn't hold back when the former Chargers great was asked about the possibility of the Raiders re-locating to San Diego.
Derek Carr to have more "freedom, flexibility" under new OC Todd Downing per David Carr - Silver And Black Pride
This offseason, the Raiders made a somewhat controversial decision to not bring back offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave and promote quarterbacks coach Todd Downing to the offensive coordinator.
Chargers pay city $12.57M, terminate Qualcomm lease - The San Diego Union-Tribune
The Chargers on Wednesday paid the City of San Diego $12.575 million for breaking the team’s lease at Qualcomm Stadium before it was due to expire in 2020, according to the mayor’s office.
Chargers coach Anthony Lynn focused on earning players' trust
New Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn was active on radio row at the Super Bowl.
Hall of Fame welcomes 'best pure running back' in LaDainian Tomlinson - San Diego Chargers Blog- ESPN
LaDainian Tomlinson, the NFL's fifth-leading rusher who was "almost impossible to defend," reached the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
The Chargers (and Raiders) are a symptom of a bigger NFL problem - Bolts From The Blue
With construction costs ballooning and a number of NFL owners unable to afford to pay billions towards a new stadium, this relocation issue is going to continue to plague the league.
Atlanta Falcons Tracks
It just feels right to pick the Atlanta Falcons to win Super Bowl LI - LA Times
Picking the Super Bowl winner might be as easy as you think, especially if you pick with your heart, but the Atlanta Falcons just feel right this year.
Atlanta's long-suffering Falcons fans ready to rise up!
In 51 years, Atlanta's pro sports franchises have delivered just one championship. The times may be a-changin'.
10 moments that defined the Atlanta Falcons 2016 season
1. Falcons lose first game to Tampa Bay The Falcons lost the season-opener and its first division game to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-24.
Alex Mack of Atlanta Falcons will play through pain in Super Bowl LI, Dan Quinn says
Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he "felt good" after watching center Alex Mack in practice Thursday, but noted that Mack will play through pain in Sunday's Super Bowl LI matchup against the Pats.
Super Bowl running back Dion Lewis 16-0 as a New England Patriot
Former Pitt star Dion Lewis is unbeaten in games in which he has played with New England.
Chris Hogan Put Family First During ‘Difficult’ First Season With Patriots | New England Patriots | NESN.com
HOUSTON -- By most measures, the 2016 NFL season was the best of Chris Hogan's career. He was a starting wide receiver on a powerhouse New England Patriots team and the most productive deep threat quarterback Tom Brady has had in years.
Tom Brady's effect on teammates a formidable challenge for Falcons
But Falcons defensive coordinator Richard Smith believes Matt Ryan has the kind of impact on his team that Brady has on the Patriots.
The Patriots game plan to defeat the Falcons and win their 5th Lombardi Trophy of the Brady/Belichick Era - Pats Pulpit
Points of emphasis for the Patriots in order for the team to defeat the Atlanta Falcons on Super Bowl Sunday and win their 5th Lombardi since 2001.
Super Bowl Tracks
5 reasons Super Bowl LI could be the best Super Bowl ever | FOX Sports
Patriots vs. Falcons has the makings of another classic.
Super Bowl Ads Are A Bargain At $5 Million
Prices for this year's Super Bowl commercials have set a new record, averaging $5 million for 30 seconds. A little analysis of the numbers suggests that Super Bowl ads are a bargain even at these record prices.
Best Super Bowl bets for novice gamblers to win
A guide to the point spread, over/under and prop bets for the novice gambler.
NFL Loses Rights To ‘Super Bowl’ - The Onion - America's Finest News Source
The Onion, America's Finest News Source.
Super Bowl 51; Daria Shy photos | SI.com
Weekend hot clicks feature the lovely Daria Shy and more Super Bowl preview stories.
The Super Bowl’s evolution from football game to entertainment extravaganza - Salon.com
Because of it couldn't consistently guarantee a reasonably competitive game, the NFL decided to ramp up spectacle.
Not forgotten: For every Super Bowl star, there's an equally talented player who didn't make it - LA Times
Alex Mack will start at center for the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl on Sunday, but he'll never forget the toughest teammate he played with in high school, Duncan Krier.
How a classic Super Bowl can rewrite the doomsday NFL fears | New York Post
NFL television ratings are down. I know, I know. Knock you over with a feather. There has been a lot of thought, a lot of fret, a lot of study put into this. For a time it seemed the NFL, like just about everything else in the country, had been overcome and overrun by the presidential campaign.
Is this purgatory? Super Bowl nights are unpredictable - NFL.com
I'm not here to say you shouldn't propose on the stage of a Super Bowl party, I'm just saying I'm surprised it happened.Dan Hanzus recaps the highs and lows of Super Bowl week nightlife.
The Super Bowl babies are back with a vengeance - NFL.com
The sequel to last year's Super Bowl babies commercial doesn't disappoint because, really, what's more adorable than babies dressed up like famous NFL players and coaches?
NFL ratings were down all season, and there’s no reason to think they’ll get better next year - Recode
Football was down 9 percent during the regular season and 6 percent during the playoffs.
NFL Awards 2017 live updates: Winners, highlights, and more - SBNation.com
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was named 2017 MVP.
Adviser specializes in making sure NFL players don’t go broke - MarketWatch
Advisor specializes in what he calls "young money," including entertainers, entrepreneurs and pro athletes who find themselves laden with sudden wealth.
Ford: Not a super season for the NFL
The NFL's season of unending misery comes to a close on Sunday night with a Super Bowl that might reprise all the league's woes in one handy four-hour package. It would be quite an undertaking, but the Patriots and Falcons could conceivably do it.
NFL keen on vast China market, but don't expect game there anytime soon
The NFL has plenty of interest in expanding its presence in China, but there's no hurry to play a game there. The league would rather wait and do it right than rush into anything.
Just-retired Pat McAfee tries Adderall, now gets why NFL labels it a PED - CBSSports.com
The former Colts punter was regularly the recipient of random drug tests.
Is greed slowing the NFL's growth?
On eve of Super Bowl, league faces tough questions on how to market to millenials.