Terrell Davis is synonymous with “greatest draft steal of all-time” and when you look at his body of work during his eight year stint, its easy to see why he has been given that honor.
The 1995 sixth-round pick out of the University of Georgia wasn’t expected to play a key role out of the backfield for the Denver Broncos under head coach Mike Shanahan. However, after dazzling Shanahan and the rest of his staff during the dog days of training camp, he got the nod to be the starting tailback out of the gate.
Doesn’t this sound like a similar story for Redskins fans? (Hint, hint: Think Alfred Morris)
Davis churned out over 1,000 yards in his debut, however, his reign of dominance didn’t truly kick into gear until his second season in 1996.
Recently, Shanahan mentioned Morris in the same breath as Davis stating that “[Morris] really is [a one-of-a-kind]. He’s made of the right stuff.The closest guy is Terrell Davis; [he’s] a lot like Alfred.”
Seeing as the two will forever be linked, see how Davis did during his sophomore campaign and how it could bode well for Morris in 2013.
With Davis and John Elway at his disposal, Shanahan had an elite unit on the offensive side of the ball. After a three year drought, the team was prepared to taste postseason success once again.
In the season opener against a rebuilding New York Jets franchise, Davis and the Broncos made them realize that their was still work to be done, as the Broncos smothered the Jets 31-6 behind a 72-yard performance from Davis. What followed was one of the greatest individual performances in league history.
In Weeks 2 through 5, Davis carried the rock 93 times for an astonishing 501 yards and three touchdowns. His 5.38 yards per carry alerted the rest of the league that he was ready to be an elite back.
The Broncos tangled with the Baltimore Ravens in Week 8, as the boys from Charm City were looking to make a statement in their inaugural season. Davis, however, had a different plan of how the game would end.
In an offensive shootout, Davis shined brightest. The Broncos would hold the Ravens to a mere 34 points, as Davis would unleash himself on the Ravens, running to the tune of 194 yards and two touchdowns, as the boys from Colorado would score 45.
The Broncos would finish the season with 13 wins and clinched the number one seed on the AFC side of the playoff bracket. Davis was instrumental in the team’s turnaround from a .500 season to Super Bowl contender. The blue and orange would finish with the most offensive yards per game (361.9) and the strongest ground attack (147.6).
Morris’s rise from seldom-known back from Florida Atlantic University to starting running back of a three-time Super Bowl winning franchise would have been a great story in itself. However, to have a better season than the likes of John Riggins, Clinton Portis and Larry Brown is simply the cherry on top of one of the greatest success stories in league history.
With the Redskins single season rushing record now in his pocket, Morris is looking to be even better in his second go-around. With a rare blend of speed and strength, be on the lookout to see if Morris can continue to follow in Davis’s footsteps to All-Pro status and leader of the best team in the league this year.
Hail to the Redskins and best of luck to Alfred this season. I’m sure all of us can’t wait to see you swinging for the fences once again!
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