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Old 06-07-2009, 08:41 PM   #1
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5.) Terrell Davis – Denver Broncos – 1995-2001

Injuries have robbed many great running backs of a chance at Hall of Fame immortality, but Terrell Davis is the poster child for how an injury can change a player’s destiny.


During his first four seasons after being drafted by Denver in the sixth round of the 1995 draft, Davis rushed for 6,413 yards and 56 touchdowns. He was named the 1998 NFL Offensive MVP after becoming only the fourth player in NFL history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season.


Arguably, the best post season runner in NFL history, Davis played in eight playoff games during his career and eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark in seven of them. He was MVP of Super Bowl XXXII after rushing for 157 yards and three touchdowns.


A knee injury suffered when trying to make a tackle following an interception in the fourth game of the 1999 season proved to be the beginning of the end for Davis. He played in only four games in 2000 and then rushed for 701 yards in eight games during the 2001 season.


Despite playing in only 78 NFL games, Davis rushed for 7,607 yards in his career, which still ranks 45th in NFL history. He was a member of the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 1990s.






7.) Floyd Little – Denver Broncos – 1967-1975


Known for his distinct bow-legged running style, the 5-10 inch, 195-pound Floyd Little was one of the great “little backs” in football history. Despite playing primarily for losing teams with the Denver Broncos, Little emerged as one of the most popular players in football and was a five-time Pro Bowl selection.


A versatile player, Little led the AFL in all-purpose yards in 1967 and 1968. His 16.9 punt return average led the AFL in 1967 and he returned a punt for a touchdown in both 1967 and 1968. In 1971, Little led the NFL with 1,133 yards rushing and 1,388 total yards from scrimmage. He rushed for 979 yards and a league leading 12 touchdowns in 1973.


At the time of his retirement in 1975, Little ranked seventh all-time with 6,323 career rushing yards. His total of 12,157 career all-purpose yards still ranks 67th in NFL history





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Old 06-07-2009, 09:13 PM   #2
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If only Davis had one more good year. He is a borderline player who likely won't make the Hall. People compare him to Gale Sayers as far as career but Sayers was much more dynamic by returning kicks and punts and also played for a more storied franchise. So sad as he was the best player in the NFL during his prime years.
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Old 06-07-2009, 11:48 PM   #3
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Sayers has nearly the same exact stats as Davis. The argument exists for Sayers that if he managed to stay healthy he would have put up numbers similar to Peyton and E. Smith. The same argument applies for TD.

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Terrell should make it for his Post Seasons alone. This longevity argument is a load of BS. Terrell left a bigger mark on the NFL than many people in the hall of fame. He deserves to be in it.
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Old 06-08-2009, 02:23 AM   #5
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Griese that ****ing prick destroyed TD.

i actually used to hate Lepsis, since he was the one who actually fell into TD, but then i remember he was just trying to catch the guy who intercepted a Griese pass, and forgave him.
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Roger Craig ... this sounds like an argument why he should NOT be in the HOF:

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A four-time Pro Bowl selection, Craig was one of the greatest combo-backs in NFL history. Initially serving as a fullback, Craig later moved to halfback and proved that he could be a feature runner.

In 1985, he became the first player in NFL history to rush for more than 1,000 yards and catch passes for more than 1,000 yards in the same season.

He finished third in the NFL with 1,502 yards rushing in 1988, and was named the AP Offensive Player of the Year.

Craig played in 18 playoff games in his career, had two 100-yard rushing, and one 100-yard receiving game during his postseason career.

Craig completed his career with 8,189 rushing yards to rank 34th in NFL history.

He also caught 566 passes for 4,911 yards. He ranks 34th in NFL history with 13,100 career yards from scrimmage.
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Herschel, this is VERY impressive. Doesn't even count his massive USFL numbers:


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Old 06-08-2009, 03:28 AM   #8
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TD should be in. There shouldn't be any argument about it, either.
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7.) Floyd Little – Denver Broncos – 1967-1975


Known for his distinct bow-legged running style, the 5-10 inch, 195-pound Floyd Little was one of the great “little backs” in football history. Despite playing primarily for losing teams with the Denver Broncos, Little emerged as one of the most popular players in football and was a five-time Pro Bowl selection.


A versatile player, Little led the AFL in all-purpose yards in 1967 and 1968. His 16.9 punt return average led the AFL in 1967 and he returned a punt for a touchdown in both 1967 and 1968. In 1971, Little led the NFL with 1,133 yards rushing and 1,388 total yards from scrimmage. He rushed for 979 yards and a league leading 12 touchdowns in 1973.


At the time of his retirement in 1975, Little ranked seventh all-time with 6,323 career rushing yards. His total of 12,157 career all-purpose yards still ranks 67th in NFL history





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FLOYD was outstanding. Enough said.
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Old 06-08-2009, 08:08 AM   #10
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TD should be in. There shouldn't be any argument about it, either.
Yeah, the fact that he didnt have a couple of years of getting 1200 yards isnt much of an argument.

My hope is that a number of Broncos from the 90s SB teams will get in and it will make Davis's omission that much more glaring. The hall historically has put emphasis on SBs (how else do you explain Lynn Swann getting in?). Im hoping from those 90s teams Atwater, Sharpe, Elway, Zimmerman and Nalen will make it in. If you get those guys in, how can you not in the guy who is as much responsible for their success as anyone?
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Old 06-08-2009, 08:19 AM   #11
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Floyd Little, Curt Warner, Billy Simms, Tim Biakabatuka, Robert Griffith, there's a ton of great RB's that played on bad teams or had injury-shortened careers.
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