They were shut out last year, but three former Denver Broncos have a shot to be immortalized in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Terrell Davis, Steve Atwater, and John Lynch have all been nominated as modern-era finalists for the Class of 2017. They make up just three of the 94 current finalists, a number that will soon be trimmed to 25 and eventually 15 before the final deliberations.
Davis, more so than the others, is a particularly polarizing case for the Hall of Fame committee. He obviously put up four tremendous seasons, both in statistics and accomplishments.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1681565-5-reasons-you-should-go-p... The main issue that the majority of voters have with Davis is his lack of longevity. Instead, they would prefer to induct a player like Curtis Martin who played 11 seasons (an accomplishment to be sure), but never had eclipsed 1,700 yards rushing or ever had a signature moment in his career.
Martin is certainly worthy of the Hall of Fame, but it's telling of their criteria and perhaps biases when he gets the nod and Davis does not.
By contrast, Davis packed a career's worth of honors into a four-year stretch of brilliance, running for 1,117 yards, 1,538 yards, 1,750 yards, and finally 2,008 yards. Toss in a Super Bowl MVP and an NFL MVP, and Davis' credentials are unprecedented.
Another thing that set Davis apart as a running back was his performance in the playoffs. He averaged a colossal 142.5 yards per game in the postseason, including a spectacular performance in Super Bowl XXXII.
Other modern Hall of Fame running backs have the numbers, but not the hardware to solidify their inclusion. Martin was as solid and as reliable as they come, and LaDainian Tomlinson (who is eligible this year and will surely make it) stacked huge regular season performances but only surpassed 100 yards once in the playoffs.
Davis didn't have one or the other; he had both in spades.
We judge quarterbacks primarily by their achievements before their statistics, but why does that suddenly become irrelevant when talking about running backs?
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Will Keys is an Editor for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @WillKeys6.