Terrell Davis: Super Bowl XXXII
The second former Bulldog to become a Super Bowl MVP was the final piece of the puzzle that was the Denver Broncos offense. John Elway had led Denver three Super Bowl’s earlier in his career but they were blown out in each of them.
Denver never had a run game that could support Elway’s passing game against the great defenses of the New York Giants, Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers. And in Super Bowl XXXII the Broncos lined up against a great Green Bay Packer defense who came in as defending Super Bowl champions.
But this time, the Broncos had Terrell Davis. After rushing for 1,117 yards as a rookie in 1995 and 1,538 yards in 1996, he had 1,750 yards in 1997 to help lead the Broncos to the Super Bowl.
In the Super Bowl, Davis only played three quarters because he had a migraine in the second quarter. But in those three quarters he had 157 yards and a Super Bowl record three rushing touchdowns. He was often used as an effective decoy when he couldn’t run because of his migraines. The Broncos won 31-24 to win their first Super Bowl and Davis was named MVP.
But Davis was not done with great Super Bowl performances. He rushed for 2,008 yards in 1998 to lead the Broncos to Super Bowl XXXIII against the Atlanta Falcons. He didn’t break 100 rushing yards that day but he had 91 rushing yards and 27 receiving yards. The Broncos won 34-19.
Davis will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this August.