If you ever start to think that life is fair, consider the sobering fact that former Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis has spent the last decade in the Pro Football Hall of Fame's waiting room, sifting through obsolete magazines while contemporaries like Curtis Martin hear their name called.
And now, for the 11th year in a row, Davis is a semi-finalist for the Hall of Fame. Even though the best back in Broncos' history was obscenely close last February, it doesn't seem any more likely that he'll finally get a gold jacket, now almost 15 years after he played his last game in the NFL.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1719434-get-si-subscription-with-... The good news for Davis is that his plight has started to garner some attention in the same way that the Chicago Cubs were notorious for lasting over a century without winning a World Series. His ten years of being an NFL bridesmaid has caused his support to swell across the football media landscape. Clearly, the only place he's been lacking advocacy is inside the committee of writers that decide who is worthy of a bust in Canton.
That, combined with the committee's bizarre, unwritten rule against inducting two players from the same non-quarterback position in one year makes it unlikely that Davis will leapfrog LaDainian Tomlinson in 2017.
It's really too bad that the O.C.D. inside that room of devoted football purists bars Davis, who earned a career's worth of achievement in just four years, from the Hall for not having the longevity that running backs like the aforementioned Martin and Jerome Bettis enjoyed. Sure, it's impressive that Martin ran for a career-high 1,697 yards at age 31, but the fact that he never had a run longer than 25 yards that season adequately summarizes the vanilla nature of his career.
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Will Keys is an Editor for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @WillKeys6.