Former Denver Broncos Running Back Terrell Davis is a Pro Football Hall of Fame Finalist for the 3rd Time

Will this year be any different for TD?

Rush for over 1,000 yards in four seasons to start a career. Rush for three touchdowns in the Super Bowl. Win Super Bowl MVP. Rush for 2,008 yards in a single season. Rush for over 100 yards in another Super Bowl. Win that Super Bowl.

These are the accolades of a Pro Football Hall-of-Famer. Just not yet.

For the third time, former Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis is a finalist for the Hall of Fame along with another running back, LaDainian Tomlinson, and former Bronco John Lynch, among others. 

Last year, on the eve of Super Bowl 50, Broncos Country waited patiently for Davis to finally break through and earn the recognition of the Hall. Unfortunately, it didn't come. Players like Kevin Greene, Brett Favre, and Marvin Harrison were inducted months later.

The argument against Davis has always been clear. He played at a Hall-of-Fame level in the first four years of his career (1995-1998), but never regained that magical ability after he tore his ACL and MCL when he tried to track down a defender after a Brian Griese interception.

Davis was eventually able to return to the field, but never played more than eight games in his last two seasons after retiring in 2002.

And still, his production and accolades in those first four years was superior to most running backs' entire careers. Even more importantly than the raw numbers he accumulated during that era, Davis always stepped up his game when it mattered most, carrying the Broncos to victory in Super Bowl XXXII and averaged 142.5 yards per game in the playoffs.

The committee of pro football writers will always choose the players with longevity over the ones who dominated in a short period of time. For whatever reason, it's their bias. Let's just hope that the third time is the charm.

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Will Keys is an Editor for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @WillKeys6.

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